STRESS: Testing the Limits

commonwealth-parenting-logoFinal RVA Parents Forum Series Tuesday, May 5th

Students in the United States take more tests than ever before.

From pre-kindergarten to adulthood, the constant barrage of assessments and school testing could be causing increased stress levels and performance anxiety in today’s children.

“We live in a world bombarded with stressors, pressure, and the need for external validation. Our technology-drenched, instant communication world has increased performance anxiety in our children, and ourselves, ” said Family Psychologist Shanan R. Raines, Ph.D.

Dr. Raines will be the speaker at the final RVA Parent’s Forum Series, STRESS: Testing the Limits on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond- Short Pump location.

Parents will learn strategies on how to help their children manage test-taking anxiety along with common sense methods to reduce stress.

“As a mom of three, I’ve seen first-hand the stress that children endure when faced with both standardized tests as well as final exams. Learning about specific strategies to help our children with test anxiety will be invaluable to me as a parent, and as a parenting educator,” said Liz Pearce, Director of Parent Engagement at the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

Commonwealth Parenting has been celebrating its 30th Anniversary and partnership with the Children’s Museum of Richmond by presenting the RVA Parents Forum Series, bringing together experts and family educators with parents to address challenging issues ranging from Bullying, Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex… to Divorce, Technology and Stress.

The RVA Parents Forum Series kicked off October 14, 2014 and will run through May 5, 2015. The Forum Series is held at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump location, 2200 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes dinner, class, parenting experts, and interactive Q&A session. Babysitting is available, reservations required. Please call 804-545-1272.