It's Ok baby to dream big!
These days we parents incessantly crave for our children to excel in almost every sphere. Many harbor dreams of top colleges, followed by lucrative careers within a global, competitive economy. In order for kids to meet these expectations, though, they must perform well during the school years. Many parents put intense pressure on their children to earn perfect grades, no matter the cost. Yes, I do understand the warp speed at which the technology is advancing it would be utterly difficult to fathom the progress of technological development in the next 5 years, let alone a decade or more.
Do we ever realize that a child’s imagination or her potential is not limited to her grades or marks? The stress to perform well also lends itself to cheating, increased pressure situations, and competition that forces students to battle it out with each other, rather than actually helping each other to learn and become educated. Some even succumb to their inner demons, thereby terminating the most precious gift of GOD- LIFE, while some perpetually become cemented to depression and host of other lifestyle diseases right from a very tender age. These aspects have horrific repercussions later in life, impeding development and attainment of goals.
The protocol of teaching children has changed immensely and its scientific and easy to remember as well! During our school days we were never taught that writing “A” means “two slanting lines who have joined their heads and a sleeping line in between them” that’s progress and that’s development that the field of education has witnessed.
It would be absolutely fine if my daughter chose an off-beat profession as her career. I’m going to let her dream big like my parents let me. Over time, she’ll figure out on her own what works for her and what doesn’t. In the meantime, I’ll be as supportive and loving as I can. What she needs from mom and dad isn’t a dose of reality, that too at the time when she just starts to dream. What she does need is to know that we believe in her. The rest will work itself out, somehow or the other.
We as parents should always encourage them to believe in themselves! We need to tell them that they have within themselves the strength, the passion and the patience to reach for the stars and change the world. How can I forget what Malcolm Forbes said “When you cease to dream, you cease to live”.