This ad should be a lesson for all parents
Before every exam of your child, remind yourself of this lesson.
Before every exam, the fear of every child is probably the outcome. I used to start worrying about my birthday celebrations before every half yearly exam. My birthday would fall right after the exams, and the Maths paper meant I might lose out on a good gift. My parents would ask how my two best friends fared in the exam. And that's why I related to this ad by Classmate:
The ad is strikingly familiar for every student. I wrote letters to ma too, writing 'sorry' for my performance. This girl felt like me, struggling with not just maths, but also with comparison with her friends.It was after the final test before my 10th boards that my headmaster told me what this ad says-you need to beat your own self, not someone else.
We should get better than our previous selves, not others.This is the comparison that often pushes teens to lose out on confidence, to breakdowns and in the most extreme cases, even suicide. Before every exam, a child needs assurance that his/ her worth won't be judged only according to his/ her performance when compared to others.
Teach your kid to push his/own limits, fears and insecurities, with your rock solid support. An exam does not determine a child's worth. But the kind of nurturing and teaching he gets from you does determine it.