In a competitive world, were life is all about winning, we often forget to appreciate the achievements one has made and acknowledge the efforts put into it. Exams and marks, has always been a measuring rod. It is important to acknowledge and appreciate your child's efforts.
The recent Kilimanoor incident of a father bashing his child for missing 4 A+ in his SSLC exam, was shocking to say the least. The 6 A+ the child earned was ignored, for the missing grades. The child was attacked, injured and suffocated with a shovel handle. This brutal treatment, for not achieving full A+, will most probably remain a nightmare for the child.
On the other hand, mothers like Vandana Katoch, serves as a reminder to accept one's child for who they really are. When the CBSE results were published, Vandana's post on Facebook, went viral. “Super proud of my boy who scored a 60% in Class 10 board exams. Yes it is not a 90, but that doesn't change how I feel”.
The mother admits of having seen her son struggle with different subjects and how proud she is for his achievement. She also reminded her child not to compare his marks and that everybody's journey is different.
Exams are always stressful, board exams even more taxing. So, don't leave your child thinking it's a life-or-death situation, but remind them of its importance and exhort them to give it their all. Remember to acknowledge their hard work. Every child is unique and different. When our education system, caters to the need of a few, the majority is left behind for what they are not. Who your child is matters, their dreams and ambitions matter.
For children, the opinion of their parents matter the most, that is their measuring rod.