Parents often make their children study in school and get into a prestigious college so that they become successful. Initially, it might not seem much of an issue, but they pressure children to study in school and ace all exam papers. If the child fails one exam, it’s game over for them. They are probably also judged like this regarding their other skills, such as sports. This can affect youngsters’ mental health and make them feel worthless because they think their parents will never be proud of them even once. They’re also compared to other children like ‘The three - year old living nearby who has supposedly already completed college in IIT and runs a business with his left leg and another business with his right leg’.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating.
But you can’t deny that children are compared to other children by their parents. “Why can’t you be like him?” and “Learn something from her” are some statements that can shoot a bullet straight into a child’s mental health. Then they start trying harder than ever to avoid failure at all costs.
We all can agree that failure is inevitable. I don’t need to write an entire paragraph on that, right?
Returning to the topic, it’s okay if a child fails one exam; it doesn’t define their entire life.
Dad: You got your exam results today, right?
Boy: Yes, Dad.
Dad: C’mon, spill it out
Boy: I failed my maths exam 😭!
Dad: WHY DID YOU FAIL? YOUR LIFE IS RUINED NOW!
That is not how life works; your future isn’t something you can determine based on a couple of tests.
To sum it up, the cause that is dear to me is that parents shouldn’t force their children to become Albert Einstein at age 13, which can significantly affect their mental health.
Albert Einstein only said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”