It’s a stressful time of year for kids. It’s a stressful time of year for parents. Everything seems high-stakes. There’s not a moment to spare!
So, it was not surprising to me to receive a missive with this concern: “It’s not the tutor’s job to make my son feel better. I am paying you teach him strategies and don’t want you wasting his time.”
I understand and sympathize with this parent’s sense of urgency. But, let me be clear: stressed brains don’t learn well. Sufficiently stressed, brains effectively cannot learn at all.