Title: Stress relieving techniques for parents this exam period
This is a feature story in the parenting column of Lianhe Zaobao on managing exam stress leading up to the year-end exam period. The writer spoke to both Dr Sanveen Kang-Sadhnani, Clinical Psychologist at Thomson Paediatric Centre – The Child Development centre and Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, Manager for Nutrition Research under the School of Applied Science, at Temasek Polytechnic to understand and tackle exam stress from the psychological and nutritional perspective.
The writer also profiled a full-time working mother with a 10 year-old Primary school child who does not advocate additional revision during the school holidays. Rather, she believes that learning has to happen daily. Also, knowing that her daughter has tried her best in her exam is more important to her than scoring 90 marks.
Dr Sanveen also shared tips on how to identify stress in a child and some ways parents can build a healthy learning environment. Having proper rest and a good breakfast is also key to helping a child cope with exam stress.
On that note, the writer quoted the findings from the SGBreakfast Study shared by MILO which indicates that children aged 6 to 12 years old are skipping breakfast, and the trend is most evident in older children. Dr Kalpana highlighted the importance of breakfast in reducing the risk of childhood obesity and how it aids with stress management. She also recommended that parents start to instil good breakfast habits at a young age, and such habits include having low-GI breakfast such as whole grain bread, yoghurt, soy milk.