Achievement (n) as being defined in the Oxford Dictionary are:
- A thing done successfully with effort, skill, or courage.
- The process or fact of achieving something
- A representation of a coat of arms with all the adjuncts to which a bearer of arms is entitled.
In a parenting context, achievement that we need to teach our child is the success in a particular area after exerting great effort. Yes, EFFORT is the root word.
In simple term, achievement is the result or outcome after we reach certain milestones like major exams, graduation, scholarships, job interviews and many more. Achievement are so closely related to being successful. Every parent would always wanted to encourage their children to achieve the best.
As parents, we need to recognize that achievement is a result when all the efforts has been put in place and the outcome is not necessarily be the best grades on paper, but must also complement with other factors.
A great life characters, good values, strong emotional strength and understand every being surroundings would definitely boost flying colours scores in the academic department.
Children need to understand that they need to achieve their specific aims and goals so that they could learn to put their best foot forward. Nevertheless, they also need that to ensure their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual are all balance out in order to achieve their best.
Should our children do not meet our expectation in achieving what they are supposed to achieve, parents should never express your frustration as it would do more harm than good.
- Praise their efforts. They have put their best and it was unlucky that the outcome did not turn up as they wished.
- Sit with them and analyse what went wrong. Take the lesson learnt and discuss with them on ways to improve.
- Encourage them not to get discourage. It’s not the end. Plan the strategies to move forward and to achieve success.
Tell them for whatever outcome they are getting, at the end of the day, their effort that counts and that is the greatest achievement one should treasure.