So exam season has come to an end, and everyone can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief (say it with us: ‘ahhhhhhhhhh’).
It’s not just the kids who feel the pressure during exam time; in fact, mums and dads often feel more anxious than the children themselves, and the atmosphere at home can become tense, having a knock-on effect on siblings too!
Now that your child doesn’t have to spend all their time shut in their room revising, it’s important to spend some time re-connecting as a family – and of course, you’ll want to celebrate their job well done. We’ve put together a few ideas to help calm everyone down and get things back to normal once exam season has passed. Parents, you can thank us later!
Celebrate with friends
As much as we’d like to think our children only want to spend time with us, the fact is they’re probably going to want to celebrate with their mates first – so don’t enforce family time upon them straight away! Arrange a party or get together for their friends so they can let their hair down after all their hard work, and you’ll get some serious parent points.
Have a special family dinner
Once they’ve got that out of their system, host a special family dinner where you can all share a toast to the student’s hard efforts. This could be at your home or at their favourite restaurant; the only thing that really matters is that the whole family are together and that they get to indulge in their favourite foods!
Take a road trip
Go somewhere, anywhere! Fill up the petrol tank, pack a picnic, wind the windows down, turn the radio up, and head off somewhere new and it could be a nearby town, a woodland, a lake or even the seaside. Being out on the open road will give them a new sense of freedom, and exploring the unknown is sure to take their mind off that one exam question they just couldn’t answer!
It really is amazing what a bit of fresh air can do for the soul – especially if they’ve been cooped up in the library for weeks on end. Fresh air not only boosts our immune system, but it literally energises us and a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that being surrounded by nature increases energy levels in 90% of people! What’s more, the smell of flowers and trees has been found to improve our mood, reduce anxiety and decrease stress levels.
Have a family day out at Go Ape!
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your little bookworm while they’ve been studying, it’s important to re-connect as a family and while having fun, of course! Get the whole family to take part in a challenging activity – such as a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – and you’ll re-establish your bonds as you climb across nets, swing from ropes, and cross bridges at epic heights. The grand zip-wire finale at the end will leave you all with a big, adrenaline-fuelled rush that they’ll talk about for weeks!
To treat your hard-working student to a fun day out that will banish those exam blues, find your nearest Go Ape location and get booking!