My daughter has exam anxiety, how can I help her?

Published: Tuesday | December 10, 2013 Comments 0

Q My nine-year-old daughter has started to get nervous again as it is exam time at school. She is not the smartest with the bookwork and nothing I say seems to get her calm. What else can I do?

A. Ask all family members to stop talking about exams at this time. Share with the teacher your concerns so he or she can encourage your daughter while she is in class completing her test activities. Remind your daughter that all you ask is that she does her best.

Q I have plans to get an education in the field of baking. At 17, I think that getting this skill will help me to put myself through college. Is that forward thinking?

A That is excellent thinking! I wish all the best for you. Learning a skill will always benefit you, and this is something you can take anywhere in the world.

Q My son is 15 and in third form. He is going crazy over sports. During the week days, I allow him three days for badminton practice and the other two days for math classes as he is weak in that area. He wants to go to badminton five days a week. My father, who we live with, says I should allow him to do the sports, but I am not sure this is best.

A Your son will need good math skills to be successful. If possible, let him go to an extra practice of badminton on a Sunday. You need to sit with your son and share with him the pros and cons of having a good high school education while encouraging him in his sporting endeavours.

Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!

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