If you could recall, i was sharing how Jovial did not fare too well in his previous exam, he even flung his Malay a month or so ago.
There was no scolding from us, there was no comparison made, there was no punishment meted out, there was no silent treatment rendered to him, all that we (my lovely wife and I ) did was sharing our thoughts with him, telling him the results back then was only commensurating with his effort.
We encouraged him to prove his worth, we assured him that he could do better than he did last, the competition was and still is tough for him being in the second class, we let him take his breather, we allow him some space to readjust himself.
When we stepped back during his most recent exam, we were so surprised that he took all the initialtive, to do what he thought was imperative to prepare for his exam....... and the result was simply amazing.
He is the third highest in his history (which he did quite badly in his last exam), forth highest in mathematics (his self confessed weakest subject), passed his BM with marks of 67 (may be no big deal to you but to me this son of my deserves the pat pat on the shoulder, remember he failed his Malay the last exam?)
When we make them feel about even the little improvement, big surprises will come out of it.
P/S : With loads of Love, we shall see the difference