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Must do's to help your child sail through the boards

education Updated: Feb 07, 2012 00:26 IST

It's that time of year again, when parents lose sleep over the boards. Dr Sameer Malhotra, senior psychologist at Fortis Hospital, Noida lists out a few pointers for parents that will help their children sail though their board exams without much hassle.

1. Make a realistic time-table for your child, with enough breaks and sleep time.

2. It is not a bad idea to participate with your child during revisions.

3. Ensure either parent is at home when your child prepares for the boards.

4. If your child studies late at night, ensure that either parent stays up with him/her.

5. Home atmosphere should be conducive for study — cricket matches, movies, parties or anything that will distract the child should be a definite no-no.

6. Parents should not burden the child with unrealistic expectations.

7. No one college or career choice should be set as an achievement target.

8. Parents should talk to the child to understand his/ her state of mind and ensure he/she is not stressed out at any point.

9. Never leave the child alone at home because he/she needs reassurance and constant support from parents.

10. Give the child home cooked food. Follow a healthy and light diet.

11. Ensure that your child gets 7-8 hours of sleep daily.

12. TV and computer time should be restricted.

13. Encourage your child to go for a 30 minute walk or play for 45 - 50 minutes daily.