Growing Bookworms – Is your child overly pressured?

I am over at Writing to be Read today with a post about whether our children are overly pressured for my Growing Bookworms series. Thank you for hosting me, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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If children feel under pressure not to fail, it's because of signals they  have picked up from adults' | Tes News
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In the Southern hemisphere, the children are heading into the final stretch of the school year and most of them will have examinations looming at the end of a busy term filled with classes, homework, assignments, concerts, music, and sport.

In the Northern hemisphere, the children are all facing a new school year with new teacher and class structures. Some will be starting at a new school and will need to make a new set of friends.

For all children, wherever they live, life is stressful. Many children are pressured by parents to perform well at school and achieve. Some are also pressured to continuously practice and excel at sport, music and other extra curricular activities. Many children are driven by their own desire to succeed and do well. Scholarships, gaining acceptance into good universities, and getting a good job at the end of it all, is…

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16 thoughts on “Growing Bookworms – Is your child overly pressured?

    1. Hi Jacqui, I suppose it all boils down to how the child feels. If the child or parents put to much pressure and expect to much, the child often ends up feeling like a failure and this impacts self confidence, happiness, and self-image.

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  1. Robbie, an excellent and important article. I was astonished by the range of actions parents took in their children’s lives – some with such overt pressure I could see the sadness and loss of spirit on a child’s face, others so uncaring! I even heard one mother remark to her 7-year-old son why did the teacher give him reading homework, reading wasn’t important! He had no chance without home encouragement. There is a balance and it’s up to both children and parents to find that harmony. As an adult one’s involvement becomes less directive and more sounding board as the child grows up.

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    1. Hi Annika, you have mentioned the other side of the coin, parents who are totally disinterested in their children. I have seen this at the remedial school my son attended. Some of the parents seemed to have decided they couldn’t do anything to help their children as so were completely uninvolved. I found it quite distressing. I invested so much energy into getting both my boys reading. Greg took to it easily and read up a storm. Michael took longer because of his learning barrier, but he did learn to read and has an average reading speed now. I still read with him sometimes and I read with him every single day until he was 12.

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