I have never been a Mom who keeps on nagging the kids to study. My parents have never been so, and I guess, I follow their footsteps. Of late, my elder one Vignesh, has never sat down to study, because he had not had any tests for the past two months. They are having the final Cycle test in March, he says that he need not study till then.
Suddenly, two weeks ago, he said, there was a Spelling Bee competition within his class, and he had cleared the first level. He wanted money for registering for the School Level Competition. I have always been sad that he is not the kind of kid, who jumps at every competition that he comes across. He asked for money, when we were standing in front of our apartments at 6:45 in the morning waiting for the school bus to come. I was annoyed and said that he can forego the competition as he didn’t remember to ask us for money the previous night itself. It was his day, and the bus was nowhere to be seen. He immediatley ran upstairs, and brought money from his kiddie bank. He cleared the school leve too, and got selected for the District level competition.
The district level competition took place yesterday at D.A.V. School, Velachery. He cleared a few rounds, but still couldn’t make it to the next level, the State Level. It was a lesson for him, to work hard. It was also a lesson for me, as a parent. I could see many anxious parents who were making the child study till the nth minute, a few who didn’t want to hear that their child didn’t excel and the like. I could see the sad faces of the kids who didn’t make it to the next level. I do not want my child to be pressurized by such events. Winning and losing doesn’t matter, it is just the participation that matters!