Home > Kids > Children's General Health > Mental Health > 9 Anxiety-Busters for Kids Taking Standardized Tests

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

9 Anxiety-Busters for Kids Taking Standardized Tests

5 of 10
mother, daughter use guided imagery

Use Guided Imagery


Guided imagery may seem "new age-y" but studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety, stomach pain, and headaches in children. Guided imagery is the use of gentle words or stories to bring out calm and positive feelings. Practice using this technique with your child in the weeks leading up to a big test so that she's used to it and can rely on it the night before or morning of the exam. Purchase guided-imagery CDs or digital downloads, or find free recordings of relaxing guided-imagery stories for children — such as this one by StressFreeKids on YouTube. Or, find free scripts of guided imagery to recite to your child, such as these two by TheMindfulWorld.org.

Next: Listen to Relaxing Music or Sounds

highlights

The Latest and Greatest Book for Kids
Search our interactive Book Finder for the top new books for kids of all ages, brought to you by the latest book in the I, Funny series, "I Totally Funniest."

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Wintertime Neighborhood Games
Who says you have to stay inside when the temperature drops? Snowy weather is a great excuse to round up your neighborhood for some outdoor winter fun and games.

2015 Family-Friendly Oscar Nominees
The Oscar nominations are in, and they include several family-friendly movies. See which flicks earned a nod for Best Animated Feature Film and other awards.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks