Q: Hi there! I am waiting for my college results to be announced and will be applying for university after that. However, I’m not so hopeful about passing in all the subjects. Even though I worked really hard during my exams and did well but this constant feeling of negativity has surrounded me for no reason. I have already failed in one subject in my previous year, which left my dad furious and now I don’t know what will happen if I fail this year too. My dad has already warned me and said that he won’t send me to university if I don’t pass this time. I really don’t know what to do. Please help! Sami
A: Dear Sami, pre-result jitters are normal. Everyone gets nervous when their results are about to be announced, all you need to do is stay positive and pray. If you know that you have worked hard, no one has the power to fail you. Have faith in yourself and trust that your hard work will turn out to be fruitful for you. As far as your dad is concerned, it is natural for parents in our society to panic when their children fail, for they expect the best from us. Talk to him and convince him to believe in your hard work, I’m sure he won’t outright reject your calibre. Besides, all I can ask you to do is be hopeful, as only you know your position better. Instead of self-loathing, try to stay positive.
Q: Hello! I am a mother of a teenage girl. I recently got my daughter admitted in a new school where she is finding it difficult to adjust. Even in her previous school, she had a few friends but got along with them. However, I was recently called by her teacher for a meeting, where she told me about my daughter’s aloofness with her classmates. Her class teacher told me that all the other teachers have noticed her behaviour, as she does not talk to anyone and sits at the last bench. They did not complain about her academic skills but were really worried about her attitude. Even though I knew that my daughter was an introvert, I never imagined the extent of her introversion. Please tell me what to do. Kinza
A: Dear Kinza, your apprehensions are understood. I realise that being a mother of a teenage girl is not an easy task, especially when your daughter is a loner. The fact that you have shifted her to a new school could be a major reason for this extreme change in behaviour. I think she probably misses her old school, friends and teachers a lot, which is why it is difficult for her to adjust at a new place. This is normal, if the shift has recently taken place; however, if this persists for a longer period of time, then I recommend you to sit down and talk to your daughter and ask her what’s wrong. If something is bothering her, ask her to share with you and convince her that you’ll be her confidant. Teenagers can sometimes be difficult for parents to handle, but all they seek is someone who understands them and their wants. Good luck!
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