How to be a cool parent

Papa, I am dropping the Mech Paper. I know I will flunk if I appear in it.
First year at college, and I had just learnt that it was now possible to “drop” papers you think are too tough!

The cool Dad reply
Beta, why don’t you read up a bit, whatever you can, and give it a shot? You might just clear it and not have to read the WHOLE thing again. Just try a little…
There was some logic in it..
Oh Ok. I’ll try what I can do. But I just want you to know I might not clear..
That’s ok, you can always study all over again, but I do think it’ll be much easier if you can manage to read up a little now…

It’s final exam time at home now.
And the toughest part of my job is convincing these two to study.

As I gear up for another argument, telling myself I am not going to lose my cool/blow a fuse this time, Dad’s words echo in my mind.

Was there a small pause in his voice as he heard my declaration?
..A sharp intake of breath and a hesitation as he thought over what to say?

Are there some memories that become sharper with time?
Conversations, which you understand better after a lot of water has flown under the bridge?
Or is it just wisdom, life forces you to acquire, that shows up things in a different hue altogether?

Please life, give me the wisdom, to say the right thing to say to my children, right before their exams.
Please friends, do share some advice,
Or just pray for me…


  1. That ws so nice. Loved reading it :)

    *Praying* :)

  2. Thanks-This is the time I need that wisdom---badly!

  3. Hi!
    paernting, I guess is indeed a difficult job, our parents were definitely much more patient & cool then us

  4. HI and thanks for stopping by!
    Yes our parents did a tough job, I often think, by the time I learn, my kids would have grown up anyway


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