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9 Anxiety-Busters for Kids Taking Standardized Tests

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Teach Positive Self-Talk


If you have heard your child call herself "stupid," say she's "just going to fail," or put herself down in the weeks leading up to an exam, it's time to step in. Teach your child to use affirmations, or positive self-talk, to turn her thinking around from debilitating negative thoughts. StressFreeKids.com offers these examples of affirmations for kids to repeat in their heads while taking deep breaths before and during tests:

  • "I am calm, focused, and smart."
  • "I have studied and I am prepared."
  • "I calmly trust my knowledge."
  • "I am doing the best I can, and my best is terrific."
  • "When angry or stressed, I take deep, slow breaths."
  • "I remember to breathe deeply during my tests."
  • "Breathing deeply brings more oxygen to my brain."
  • "Being calm helps me to remember more."
  • "I have enough time."
You can also download this free 8-minute mp3 of "Affirmations for Test Taking Anxiety" courtesy of StressFreeKids.com.

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