Para Games a chance to impart values

Failing is such a taboo in our society. But learning to stand up again after failing is even more important.

Hence, the Asean Para Games are a good opportunity to teach children that they don't have to be perfect as long as they try their best.

It doesn't matter that a man has only one leg; he can run even faster than some adults.

A woman might have prosthetic legs and walk with crutches, but the important thing is that she continues to live a normal life, instead of wallowing in self-pity and cooping herself up indoors.

As a teacher and mother, I am glad for the chance to talk to my students and children about important values such as resilience, perseverance and hard work.

These are essential character traits that will help our children along life's rocky road.

Values like these are difficult to teach and impart from books alone.

I encourage all parents to use this inspiring sports event to share these important values with their children.

Grace Tan Meiyi (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2015, with the headline 'Para Games a chance to impart values'. Print Edition | Subscribe