It is common for parents to expect good grades from their children. But for this family, it is not the priority.
Let’s try to understand why. Ashley is a mother of four children and advocates for good behavior rather than good grades.
She says, “Of course, I want to know if they are proficient in math and reading at the required level.
But I want to know if my son saw the girl drop all her papers in the hallway and kept walking. Or if he stopped to help.”
She believes that compassion and kindness should take precedence for parents, rather than their children’s academic achievements.
Qualities such as empathy, resilience, integrity, and the ability to collaborate well with others are traits that contribute to a person’s overall growth and impact on the world.
Developing strong self-confidence and emotional intelligence can lead to healthier relationships and a deeper understanding of one’s goals and values.
Extracurricular success and academic achievements are undoubtedly remarkable and can lead to short-term rewards, recognition, and opportunities.
However, these accomplishments often represent only a small part of a person’s overall development and life journey.
Even though they may open doors and give a sense of accomplishment, they do not truly define who a person really is.
Ultimately, it is the lasting impact of a person’s actions and the positive influence they have on others and the world that truly matters.
Someone who is kind, compassionate, and responsible, making a positive contribution to society, can leave a much more significant and lasting legacy than any academic or extracurricular achievement alone.