Effects of Parental Pressure on Children to Pursue Academic Excellence

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Some parents are at their children’s back daily pushing them to excel academically. Nothing less than As would please them. Parental pressures to pursue academic success have both positive and negative effects on their children. Some children need parental pressure to study. They have not realised the value of academic achievements. This is especially true for children who are late bloomers. Still carefree about life, they prefer to indulge in their favourite sports, television programmer and other interests. They have the capability to do well in their studies but they need their parents to push them. Studies have shown that when parents have high expectations of their children’s academic capability, they tend to study hard to fulfill those expectations. In such cases, parental pressure on children to pursue academic success brings good returns. Nevertheless, when parents are concerned about academic achievements, it puts their children under intense pressure. They live with the fear of not performing up to mark. When they do not get As, they feel guilty for not studying harder. They do not want to disappoint their parents. So the motivation to study is extrinsic and does not come from within. It is important that children study for themselves so that it would be a meaningful and enjoyable activity. Parental pressure on children to pursue academic success may produce children with imbalanced personal development. The children grow up to be intellectual giants but dwarf socially, emotionally and physically. They spend their working hours studying. They are not well-informed about happenings in the world. They do not have time for fun and hobbies. As a result, they find it difficult to mix with friends. The lack of interaction also results in poor social skills. The end result is that children who have been pushed to succeed academically lives in a world of his own. In short, parental pressure on children to excel academically is helpful in motivating them to...
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