Don't force square peg into round hole

I have two children who have been through the Direct School Admission (DSA) system, and I find there is nothing wrong with it ("DSA scheme has its downside" by Lim Xuan Qi; Voices of Youth, Wednesday).

What is wrong is parents forcing a square peg into a round hole.

Yes, there is stress at times, but who promises that life will be a bed of roses?

There is going to be a lot more stress in the adult world.

Without some stress, how is one going to learn to be resilient?

Parents should stop mollycoddling their children.

No system is perfect, but we are almost there, and all we need is some fine-tuning along the way.

We should stop complaining or blaming the system.

Parents should listen to their children and nurture them according to their interests and talents.

Academic success does not guarantee success in life.

Lim Pia Hoo (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2016, with the headline 'Don't force square peg into round hole'. Print Edition | Subscribe