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Getting nervous about testing

Dear Obsessive Mother’s Guide to Parenting,

My daughter’s teacher is getting them ready for the state tests later this month. My daughter is getting nervous about them. Do you have any advice on what I should tell her or do for her?

Sincerely,
Natalie in Spring

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Dear Natalie,

The big thing is, stay calm. If you are nervous, she will pick up on it. Here are a few more ideas:

1) If you’d like your daughter to have extra help before the test, there are several learning centers around town. You can find an after school or weekend class where she can practice test taking skills.
2) You can download the previous versions of the test and work with her at the kitchen table. You can take it slowly problem by problem or replicate testing condition so she can practice under pressure.
3) The night before the test, make sure she has a good night’s sleep before the test and a healthy low-sugar breakfast.
4) Encourage her to dress comfortably. She should have a light jacket in case she gets cold.
4) Teach her that if she needs to step away during the test, ask to go to the bathroom. She can stretch her legs and look at the test with fresh eyes.
5) Give her peppermints that she can put in her pocket. Trader Joe’s has a nice organic container and the mints are small.

Above all, tell her that no matter the results, you are proud of her.

Sincerely,

The Obsessive Mother’s Guide to Parenting

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