Pledge to be a Better Parent

In Singapore, more than two young people aged 10 to 19 committed suicide every month in 2015*. This rate might not be the highest among all age groups, but remember, we are talking about teenagers who are not exposed to the pressures faced by adults at work, in their social life and even in relationships. Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed around the world, not just in Singapore. It’s not an exaggeration to describe the younger generation as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades.

There are many instances where parents have pushed their children over the edge in the pursuit of academic excellence.

SuicideLonely 12-Year-Old Girl Sadly Commits Suicide Because She Barely Passed Exams

High expectations made her try to kill herself

Pri 5 boy falls to death after failing exams for the first time

What drives teens over the edge?

The downsides to Singapore’s education system: streaming, stress and suicides

This graduate’s life ends with a tragic death. After further investigation, her cause of death is even more tragic

Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

Parents need to manage expectations of their children’s studies

Sadly, as a society, we have not learned the lesson and progressed from there.

Don’t get us wrong. We are not suggesting that you should let your children slide into mediocrity. If your children have the capability to excel, by all means encourage them to chase after their dreams (even if it means getting good grades in the process). But grades alone do not define your child’s worth. If you agree (and you’re not alone, trust us), please take a minute or two to make a pledge to be a better parent on the guestbook below and help us to inspire change. Our future generations will thank you for that!


Your child’s worth is more than grades. Join our community and help to inspire change!

You can also share your parenting journey with our community of like-minded parents. We’re not looking to showcase infallible parents with perfect kids, but people with different sets of circumstances and experiences.

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* Source: Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)

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3 entries.
Munirah Munirah from Mumbai wrote on December 19, 2017 at 2:22 am:
I watched the video and feel sad that the situation in my country has become worse in recent years. I pray that our children will not be pushed over the edge like those in japan, HK and Singapore.
Jane Jane from Singapore wrote on December 18, 2017 at 10:39 am:
I have a daughter who will be taking PSLE next year and she is already feeling stressed out by all the expectations around her - from her teachers, her peers, etc. I saw how unhappy she was during the exams period and wanted to give her some positive encouragement, but the mommies in our chat group keep asking why I didn't send her for tuition if she's not doing well. So thank you for this!!!
Lilian Aw Yeung Lilian Aw Yeung from Hong Kong wrote on December 4, 2017 at 11:17 pm:
This is so long overdue. I don't know about the situation in Singapore, only read about it in the papers sometimes, but here in Hong Kong things are so bad that a group of volunteers have started a movement called Love Our Kids to help combat depression and reduce the pressure faced by children. I think their Facebook page is @LoveOurKids.LOK. You should check them out.

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