With less than a month to go for the Board examinations, students have pulled out all stops. More than children, however, it is the parents who need to keep their wits about them and provide adequate encouragement to the child to perform within his/her capacity.
"Parents must show a lot of cooperation and not put pressure on the children. The most important thing that they must remember is to not go by marks. Children have ample time to grow into multidimensional individuals and marks are only a very small factor," said Professor Yash Pal, former chairman of the UGC and a prominent educationist.The trick is to maintain a fine balance between disciplining the child and motivating them perform relatively well. Teachers also feel that while it is important for parents to keep a watch on their child's study routine, remaining calm is imperative for the child's peace of mind.
"It is very important for parents to plan a timetable or study schedule for their kids. This will include almost everything, such as the TV watching time, time spent on the phone and on social networking sites. It is important for parents to be positive and not to pressure kids into performing. Cook a good meal - it is something that kids always enjoy," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School (Dhaula Kuan).
Experts believe that not only is it important for parents to be supportive, but the atmosphere in the house must also be favourable for the child to study seriously.
It is also important for parents to ensure that the child gets adequate rest - to avoid fatigue from continuous study.
"The atmosphere at home should be conducive to studying. Parents must ensure that the child sleeps for at least eight hours a day. One of the two parents must also be home to provide continuous support to the child," said Dr Sameer Malhotra, senior psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital (Noida).
Malhotra also said that it was important for parents to avoid comparing their child to other children to keep their morale high.