I remember as a kid on open house day, when I used to go with my mum to collect my report card, parents chastising their kids for losing marks in Maths or social sciences. The girl would invariably walk with her head low, ashamed that was unable to match up to her parents expectations.
It saddens my heart when parents are hard on their children for small mistakes. Mistakes after all are human and above all they are a proof of the effort that has been put in. It is necessary that we learn from our mistakes and never repeat them, but allowing ourselves to be defined by our mistakes is absolutely wrong.
Some of the best inventions were made through mistakes, Edison tried innumerable times before he finally got the bulb right. He saw his mistakes as stepping stones rather than a burden. We should do that too.
Some food for thought.
The Sunday Visitor.