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Consequences of Parental Academic Pressure on Children

All parents find pride in the academic success of their children, getting higher grades and staying ahead of everyone in class are a few expectations many parents have from their kids, many children achieve success in their career with this push. However, there are many who can’t take this pressure and go through the incredible amount of physical and emotional stress. Please take a note of these signs before it’s too late for your child.

  1. Bouts of Sickness

Children don’t know what stress is so they start complaining about a frequent headache or stomachache, especially when it’s time for results or in extreme cases every morning before going to school, this is a common sign in younger children.

  1. Sleep Deprivation

When parents pressurize their kids to achieve higher grades, they are directly giving them stress, which makes them restless and hampers their sleeping pattern.

  1. Eating Disorder

Being adults we very well know stress directly affects eating habits, it has the same effect on children too, some kids will lose appetite, while some start over eating.

  1. Burnout

Physical disorders mentioned above like disturbed sleeping and eating habits, directly makes the child feel exhausted and fatigued all day long, which causes less ability to concentrate in class.

  1. Loss of interest in Hobbies

It’s been observed that children who are pressurized by parents to get higher grades give up their hobbies, for that matter any kind of creative activity. Thinking that a child who studies all the time is the best one. They may think prioritizing studies over extracurricular activities is good, but in long run they become depressed.

  1. Social Isolation

One of the major consequences of academic pressure is withdrawal from family and friends, children start fearing to come in front of relatives, as they think they will be compared with their cousins. Same happens with friends due to less confidence such kids are not able to make friends and turn out to be an introvert.

  1. Low Self- Worth

Children who are pressurized, constantly seek approval from parents for everything they do, the child starts thinking that being ‘good’ means following the instructions given by his parents. Thus, this process of seeking reassurance undermines child’s confidence and sense of making decisions.

  1. Negative Attitude

With time as the child grows, he starts developing negative personality traits, like frequent mood swings, aggression towards parents and as stated above denial to interact with peers. It’s often seen parental pressure turns teenagers rebellious.

  1. Suicidal thoughts

Irrespective of the child’s skills and interest, parental pressure, and higher expectations to excel in the field of their choice makes the child creates undue stress and anxiety leading to psychological issues. Thus, forcing the child to end his life.

  1. Addiction

The inability to deal with parental pressure results in undesirable activities like premature drinking, illicit drug, and tobacco use. Thus, causing more stress and anxiety. This even makes the child lose interest in activities he liked participating in, resulting in overall personality.


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