Teachers cautiously walk the parenting tightrope
They are the pillars of strength for their students, taking any questions thrown at them head on. But when it comes to their own children, some teachers have confessed to feeling jittery, just like other parents. Donning the role of a parent at home is no cakewalk for them. Hema Rawat report.delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2012 23:12 IST
They are the pillars of strength for their students, taking any questions thrown at them head on. But when it comes to their own children, some teachers have confessed to feeling jittery, just like other parents. Donning the role of a parent at home is no cakewalk for them.
"No matter how brilliant they are, the stress levels are always high in children these days. It is not easy to make children comfortable. It requires constant effort from my side to keep her calm," said Vanita Sharma, a Chemistry teacher at Ahlcon Public School (APS), Mayur Vihar. Her daughter Archita will appear in her Class XII board exams this year. From helping her daughter stay composed to being positive, Sharma says she helps her in every possible way. "From helping me frame my time table to following it religiously and even helping me with my studies, she is with me all the time," said Archita, a Science student at APS, of her mother.
"And when I feel nervous, she tells me not to worry about grades," she added.
Manisha Arora, who teaches English at Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, said of her daughter Noopur, "I have been telling her from the beginning that marks are a part of life. It will not make any impact on her career if she fails to meet a certain standard." "Children are perennially worrying about the soaring cut-off lists for admission in colleges. I often have to tell her to focus on the present," she said.
Some schools like Springdales School, Pusa Road, also pitch in by allowing teachers to take leave during their children's board exams. Springdales’ Computer science teacher Sunita Grover said, "I have been training my daughter to have a balanced approach towards Class XII exams. She has been consistent in studies throughout the year. Though she understands that only hard work pays, there are times when I have to be around to listen her worries." And the break from school helps her do that.
Echoing similar views, Shalu Mathur, who teaches art and craft at Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida, said, "We should treat teenagers like friends. Else they will not consult us or share their concerns."
Her daughter Namami, a commerce student, added, "My mother helped me create an environment for studies but does not compel me to study all the time. She has helped me develop an attitude towards study so that I do not consider academics a burden and marks my sole target."