Not up to 72 hours that Cameroon GCE results were released, I am already reading how students have committed suicide and some currently in the hospital for attempting suicide.
I will blame this mainly on parenting, although you can add peer pressure, lack of understanding and laziness
Parents should start intentionally teaching their kids it is not everything they will succeed at in life, career and business. Teach them they will fail at somethings like examinations. Team them the blessings of failure. Teach them that some of the greatest successes came from the place of failure because when people with success attitude fail they make good use of that failure by learning what went wrong and intentionally making sure the same mistakes that led to the previous failure should never happen.
When parents use sentences like “If you fail this examination I will not pay your fee next year”
“If you fail this examination, I will beat the hell out of you”
This is a sure way of putting the real evil fear in the heart of the child, which will prompt them to take their lives through suicide instead of facing the parents.
I am not saying kids should be disciplined, I am saying there are better ways to make your kids understand the values of hard work, commitment, focus, learning.
If you are reading this and you failed the GCE or any other national examination, know this. It is an important stage in life even the most successful people around you went through. They have all failed at something in life and if they committed suicide, or gave up, they will not be where they are today.
Back to Parents;
Question for you, Have you created a home culture where your children feel safe to fail?
There two types of parents when it comes to failure. Read and let me know where you fall
- The helicopter parent: This parent hovers over their children closely, monitoring and controlling every aspect of their life. Children are rarely given the opportunity to experience failure and can’t learn how to cope with such life experiences and this what lead to suicide thoughts and actions
- The parent who expects perfection: These unrealistic expectations cause children to believe their parents’ love and acceptance are based on how they perform in school examinations, how they succeed in career, how they are active in church etc. Children under such parenting are stressed and afraid of losing their parents’ love and acceptance if they disappoint and this leads to suicide thoughts and actions.
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