A letter to the discouraged parent

Updated: May 18, 2019

Dear parent,

You’re reading this possibly because you’ve had difficult times with your children’s grades. Finance, family, relationships, work pressure, bad grades are all part of this stressful season for you, and may be you feel drained.

I am here to tell you not to give up. I want to ask you as to where you see your children 25 years from now? Your children graduated, working, happily married and fulfilling their purpose in life. I want you to hold on to that image. Remind yourself that God is good and everything will turn out as He has planned. And His plans are always for our good, to give us hope and a future. There is a wonderful passage in the Bible about God’s sustenance:

“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16, ESV).

Here are a few things for you to remember…

1) Your children are a gift from God.

Your Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Every single life, every single child, is a reward and blessing. Celebrate your children for who they are.

2) Its okay if your children are not good at everything.

When I was a student myself, I didn’t like geography. I scored cent-um in Physics in 10th grade, but 85% in geography. But, I chose science stream and completed my Master degree in Engineering from a reputed college. So, just because I scored less in geography, didn’t mean I was less smart or less intelligent. Same goes with your children.

Albert Einstein said,” Everybody is genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

3) Take the help needed.

It’s ok to feel a bit sad sometimes. But always remember that you’ve got to pull yourself up and keep finding ways to enhance your children’s studies. I sincerely believe that God will deliver you out of all your trouble.

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17, ESV).

4) Focus on the end result.

Whatever steps you take to help your children to do better at school or college, it takes time to develop them to be able to perform better. If you push on in spite of the difficulties, motivating and helping your child, the end result will be good. And this end result is what your focus should be upon.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, ESV).

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