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Today, there are so many reasons for children to feel the pressure to perform during exams. Your child may want to get good marks so as to be eligible at a university of her choice. She may want to score well to keep peer pressure at bay. She may feel the pressure from within to perform well. Different children also have different development pace and she may actually intellectually be not fully capable of handling her current syllabus. But can you totally take away the pressure?
Probably not. But then can you help #ReleaseThePressure ? Definitely YES, by spending some light moments with her, by avoiding over-attention, by being a good listener and most importantly with your unconditional love.
Zuni Chopra, daughter of Anupama Chopra, penned down this compelling poem to create awareness around the pressure during exams. To pledge, visit www.releasethepressure.in. #ReleaseThePressure
The Mountain Range - by Zuni Chopra
Exams. The word is a boulder
Crushing, fierce, snowballing down
The steepest of hills
The sharpest of slopes
It reaches the greatest of heights –
Learning. Growing. Living.
When the climb grows treacherous
And fog smears the mountain’s peak
And climbing leads nowhere but thick grey mist
And falling leads nowhere but failure
When the pressure from the clouds, from the sun, from the hail
Grows too much for a climber to bear
A tent is thrown over the slicing winds
A sanctuary in the snowy tempest –
A warm meal from mother for dinner
A pat on the back from father
A giggle from a sibling
An air that does not hang heavy
With percentage, ranking, marks
But swirls playfully through the merry chatter
Suffused with hope, with dreams, with unconditional love
A Wonderland in the world of Exams
Releasing the pressure.
EXAMS. Exams. exams.
And the climber bursts out once more
With heart and courage and sight beyond the fog
The air pumping through their young lungs
The mountain no less a challenge
But now no longer a test of worth
Rather a journey of self-learning.
We ask all parents
Do not let the wind tear holes in your tent
Do not let dunes of snow trample down upon it
Do not let the mountain daunt those inside it
And trust that the mountain will soon be conquered
Only for the climber to look eagerly for another.