Seeing life beyond grades

New initiative aims to shift parents' mindsets away from purely academic achievements

Founders of the Life Beyond Grades movement (from left): Ms Tjin Lee, with her son, Tyler Lim; Ms Charmaine Seah, carrying daughter Dahlia Jaymes Ong; Mr Derek Ong, with daughter Charlie Rose; and Ms Aarika Lee with her children, Ari Jon (in white T-
Founders of the Life Beyond Grades movement (from left): Ms Tjin Lee, with her son, Tyler Lim; Ms Charmaine Seah, carrying daughter Dahlia Jaymes Ong; Mr Derek Ong, with daughter Charlie Rose; and Ms Aarika Lee with her children, Ari Jon (in white T-shirt) and Zola Mae Lee-Sarjit. Ms Dolores Au, not in the picture, is another co-founder of the movement. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
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Five parents have banded together with the ambitious aim of getting other parents to focus beyond their children's grades in Singapore's academic pressure cooker.

The group, which is launching its Life Beyond Grades movement this week, hopes to bring about a mindset shift away from the relentless pursuit of results, which they feel is contributing to the growing stress and depression experienced by the young here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 09, 2018, with the headline Seeing life beyond grades. Subscribe