Advisory for Parents
With less than one month to go for the Board Examinations, children have begun to pull out all stops to excel at the exams. Shaswati Das and Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.india Updated: Feb 07, 2012 13:43 IST
With less than one month to go for the Board Examinations, children have begun to pull out all stops to excel at the exams.
Yet, more than the children, it is the parents who need not just to keep their wits about them, but also to provide adequate encouragement to the child to perform within his/her capacity.
"Parents must show a lot of cooperation now and should not pressurise the children. The most important things that they must remember is to not go by marks. Students have achieved 100% marks and parents should not go by that. 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.
However, the trick is to maintain a fine balance between disciplining the child and motivating the child to perform relatively well.
Teachers also feel that while it is important for the 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 out a timetable or a study schedule for their kids. This will include almost everything, such as the TV watching time, time spent on the phone and time spent on social networking sites. It's very important for parents to be positive and not to pressurise the kids into performing. Cook a good meal for the child - it is always something that kids enjoy," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School (Dhaula Kuan).
Experts also believe that not only is it important for parents to be supportive, but the atmosphere in the house, must also be adequate for the child to study seriously in.
It is also important for the parents to ensure that the child gets adequate rest, to avoid fatigue from continuous study.
"The home atmosphere should be conducive to studying. Parents must ensure that the child sleeps for at least eight hours a day and must keep reassuring the kids. 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).