A painfully honest essay today in The Sunday Star Times about a mother reconciling (or at least trying) to the fact that her daughter is not smart academically. The mother who writes anonymously talks about how she valued intelligence from a young age and struggles with the fact that her own daughter struggles at school.
Why is this essay potentially so difficult to read? Because I guess as parents that many of us hope that our children will succeed academically and in their career and feel quite a lot of pressure to see how children do well.
There may also be a feeling that failure reflects badly on us.
But of course academic success is not anywhere near as important as the child being happy and well-loved.
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