With the recent announcement of class X CBSE results, social media feeds are brimming with beaming parents who are sharing their children's outshining performance. With nearly perfect grades, parents are sharing their pride and happiness not just to swank but to encourage their kids as well.
Amid this entire hullabaloo comes Vandana Sufia Katoch who posted a message on her Facebook wall that says:
“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. Simply because I have seen him struggle with certain subjects almost to the point of giving up, and then deciding to give his all in the last month-and-a-half to finally make it through! Here's to you. And others like you - fishes asked to climb trees. Chart your own course in the big, wide ocean, my love. And keep your innate goodness, curiosity and wisdom alive. And of course, your wicked sense of humour!”
Here is an ideal example of a new-age parent who in this frightful competition is undeterred by how her son is performing. As her post suggests, the boy has definitely tried, yet has struggled with some of the subjects. He was almost on the verge of giving up when this self-assured mommy came to his rescue. Fighting odds and not caring for the world, Ms. Vandana encouraged her son to look beyond grades and examinations.
She inspired him to search and develop his inherent talents rather than follow the herd. Ms. Vandana Sufia Katoch has proved to be the kind of parent that children need today. Rather than forcing him to slog and earn high scores, she acknowledged and appreciated her son's efforts without being judgmental.
It is important that children are allowed to relax and participate in activities and subjects and ideas that interest them, to help them build a fulfilling career. She has set a wonderful example for other parents to identify, polish and respect their kid's flair instead of bombarding them with unreasonable expectations and societal pressure. Cheers for Ms. Vandana!
Source – Facebook Vandana Sufia Katoch (@beingsufia)
Blub World May 2019 Magazine
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