When Hiroshi was attending Kindergarten,
I am always under great pressure
from his teachers calling me every other day
telling me that Hiroshi is not able to read, write & count.
(and to add salt to wound......)
The rest of his classmates COULD!
I did my part,
the best I could.
Although people said that parents are the best teachers to their child,
I could only agree partly to this statement.
I think I am a horrible teacher when it comes to
teaching reading, writing and counting!
And I live with guilt till this very day!
Every session of drilling would evolve me into
the "scarier than the monster under the bed" monster.
That was just how helpless I was feeling at that point of time!
I am thankful that parenting is not just a one man show.
Kitson stepped in and told me that I was too harsh on a mere 5 year old kid.
And that WE, ourselves only really started reading, writing and counting
at a much much older age during our time,
and we both turned out fine.
I eventually grown immune from the complains I got from school.
And allowed him to grow at his own pace.
I am pleasantly SURPRISED that at the age of 7
he is finally reading like the rest of his peers!
And the beauty of it all is that he actually enjoys reading!
And for parents who are constantly tearing their hair apart
because of your child's academic achievement.
Let this post be a constant reminder that all kids grow at different pace.
And as parents, we can only do so much.....
So let's stop beating ourselves over it!!