Students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their exam results today.
Receiving your exam results can be a really tense and anxious time, which is why it’s important for parents to tread carefully when voicing their opinions.
There are a few things parents should probably ‘steer clear’ of to avoid upsetting your teenager – Let’s face it, it’s easily done!
“That’s Great!” – This may sound like something your teenager will want to hear, but it is possible that they won’t want to hear it, as they might not have achieved what they had hoped for or expected to.
“Oh, Well That’s What You Wanted Isn’t It?” – This is definitely something worthy of an almighty teenage strop. Your son or daughter may feel as though what they wanted isn’t good enough if you say that. Yes, it really is that easy to offend!
“Only one ‘A’ away from perfection!” – Don’t you get it mum? I WANT PERFECTION!
“Loads of successful people didn’t do well in their exams” – We all know Richard Branson didn’t go to university and he’s a multi millionaire, but your son/daughter wanted excellent results, they want you to be proud of their results, they want to be proud of their own results.
When your son/daughter receives their exam results, it’s important to be supportive and ask questions prior to them opening their results. Ask them what they hope to achieve, what grades they require to go to university, how they think they did in their exams – this way, when they read out their results, you’ll know exactly how they will be feeling, making it much easier to react in a positive way without hurting their feelings.
Wherever you are in the UK, we at underthechristmastree would like to wish you all the best of luck with your exam results!