A bad parent teacher meeting (PTM)

Well if your child has a perfect handwriting and is superb at what she or he does at school then don’t read further.

This is for those parents who believe that there is a balance between academics and life. That there is more for every kid who goes to school than to max every dictation he or she takes in class.

I firmly believe in the above and not because my son is still learning to master the cursive hand or the fact that one of his teachers felt that he is laid back in class…why because he proactively doesn’t answer questions in class.

Ho hum I wondered..felt extremely angry on hearing that…but then I took a step back and wondered…why does he need to be the first one to raise his hand or be the one to answer every question that comes up in class…is he not competitive enough…should he answer every question or should he know the answer…

Do I want to hear in the next PTM that my son is aggressive and super competitive…at six years maybe no.

I am not interested in hearing either of the two statements, I am more keen for my son to enjoy school, to learn as much as possible and to become a good human being and an all round player.

He has and will get enough opportunities to prove his mettle.

I know some of may not agree with my outlook and counter my point of view by saying that in a dog eat dog world it is important and essential to imbibe competitive qualities at a younger age. I really wonder why?

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Child prodigy

A lot of us would have heard and seen the picture of a young Sachin Tendulkar holding a cricket bat. What has transpired since then has created history in the cricketing world.

Steffi Graf was given a sawn off tennis racket with which she began hitting tennis balls against the garage wall at the age of four. She went on to win many a grand slam.

The list of sporting and other child prodigies is endless.Today, with the kind of exposure and opportunities available the list is getting longer and is not necessary limited to sports or a few fields. 

What is pertinent here to discuss is how to spot or recognize talent at a relatively young age and then how do we channelize and groom that talent.

Frankly I don’t know.

Well genes from both sides of the family will definitely give a foundation to begin from. What is more important as parents is to ensure a well- balanced and good upbringing which allows the child to do the best in his or her own chosen field and leave the rest to destiny or create his or her own?

Sounds melodramatic ? Maybe!

To me ensuring a balanced platform of academics, sports and extracurricular activities without any pressure or expectations will only provide my son new learning’s, a chance to hone his skills, become more confident and a well-rounded individual.

Will he go on to become a master of a particular skill only time will tell.