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Don’t Let Your Child Quit

Dont let your childThe Last Word

Whichever way the decision goes (quit or stay), do not worry that it is the make-or-break decision that will determine who your child will turn out to be. Just be careful you have separated your wishes and ambitions for your child from the need for her to learn perseverance. In other words, are you insisting on her continuing Maths in higher secondary because you were a ‘natural’ at Maths and want her to be one too, or is it because you want her to try hard enough before she gives up?

As a parent, you can demonstrate that it is more fulfilling to try one’s best and improve, even if it by a miniscule degree, rather than drop something midway and regret later for not having tried enough. We sign off with these powerful words of Calvin Coolidge, Former President of the USA, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”.

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