Last month my son who is in first grade had a quiz competition in his school. School did not give any clue about the topics to be prepared for quiz, so as a desperate mom I was trying to feed his brain with extra information but unfortunately skipped the part of logical reasoning. He was not selected for final rounds and the good part is he was not upset about it at all as he is still getting in terms with the fact of “what is competition?”.
So do you think as a mother should I worry about it?, or focus on what he learnt in this process?. The reality is I was little upset, but fortunately I did not try to make my son feel sad and encouraged him for next acadamic year. I was not upset for him but I was upset from myself as I kept expectation from him to do well.
As mothers we keep high expectations from ourselves and that is the root cause of creating an unhappy environment at home. We read many blogs and books on parenting but still loose our patience and repeat same mistakes which can damage our kids self-esteem. Like every other mom I am also in the process of learning new ways of parenting and I know its a long way to go. Thanks to those parenting blogs and books which keep reminding us our mistakes in this whole process.
Dear friends, I know you are reading this piece of story from some other corner of the world. For those of you I want to convey that, this is not another blog on parenting, but its about what my son became curious for and what he shared with me.
After he came home from school he shared what he had observed in the quiz competition. He talked about quiz teams, rapid fire rounds and score-points. Out of all these, two activities have attracted him, one is rapid fire round and another is name of quiz teams. He was so fascinated by this whole process that all the way from school to home he kept explaining me about rapid fire round and how its played. I can still imagine with what zeal and enthusiasm he was explaining about the team and team members.
While having the discussion he joyfully said that, “Our class was in team – Albert Einstein”.
That’s when he asked, ” Mumma can you show me a video of Albert Einstein? Who he was?Is he dead or alive?”
And with a smile I said, ” Yes we will learn about him dear”.
I think that’s the reason someone has quoted ….
Many times earlier also I tried to introduce him with famous scientists, but this time it was he, who showed interest to know about Albert Einstein. So my task began, to look for storybooks and videos related to Einstein and fortunately I was able to find one, which I am including with this blog. I wish to keep this book in our shelf as it introduces Albert Einstein and his remarkable inventions in a very simple language and attractive illustrations.
So here it is ON THE BEAM OF LIGHT by Jennifer Berne (Author) and Vladimir Rudunsky (Illustrator) and the discussion we had after watching it is another interesting story……..
As the discussion continued I came to know that there were three more team names, one was “Isaac Newton” and other two names he could not recall.
What a great way to introduce Scientists to these young curious souls!!
By God’s grace he has always been very observant and curious towards Science, how stuff work?, our existance on Earth, and many more topics. I wish to be always there with him in his quest of Science & Life.
This incidence had reminded me of one quote that says, “It dosen’t matter if you win or not! It’s the journey and the knowledge you gain in this process should be celebrated”.
Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this blog and now I would like to end it with a beautiful quote by Paulo Coelho which we parents should always remember…….