The SSC exams have begun. I know you’ll are really anxious for your child and expecting him to score 90% or at least beat your neighbour’s son or daughter. It’s a matter of your reputation and your standing in society. But please remember amongst the students who have given the exams is an artist who doesn’t need to understand Maths. There’s an entrepreneur who doesn’t care about History or English literature. There’s a musician whose Chemistry marks won’t matter. There’s a sportsperson whose physical fitness is more important than Physics. If your child does get top marks then great. But if he or she doesn’t then don’t take away their self-confidence from them. Tell them it is fine, it is just an exam. They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score you love them and will not judge them. Please do this and if you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a 90 percent won’t take away their dreams and talent.
S. Abhishek Ramaswamy
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