This can be a time of elation or despair for many parents and children. The teens who get all A’s will be plastered all over the news and social media and heralded for their achievement.
For many parents, you just want your child to be content with what they got. For others they will be disappointed or may feel like telling their children "I told you to work!".
Ultimately for the majority of students getting their results, they will be nervous, or worried about whether they will get their desired course and if they don’t get what they want, their disappointment will far outweigh that of the parents.
If you have a child who is disappointed, it’s important to reassure them that there are always options available. They may not get onto the course they wanted but there is always a path to get to where they want to go, it might just take a bit longer than expected, but if its what they really want, then it will be worth it.
It’s okay for them to feel the disappointment or to be unsure of what they are going to do. As a parent you can support them through the decision making process but try not to push your own agenda or what you think is the best for them. While you may ultimately be right, we all need to walk our own path and there are always bumps along the way but it’s important that we learn the skills to pick ourselves up.
If you’re child is really distressed contact your GP or email me at email@example.com for support.