Mom's Response to Teen's Failing Test Grade Is What All Kids Need to Hear

Many tweens and teens feel as if they're under a ton of pressure. They hope to fit in with their peers, and they want to excel at sports, music, and other extracurriculars -- all the while maintaining high marks in school. Even if parents aren't demanding that kids do it all, these high achievers often stress themselves out, especially when things don't go their way. One caring mom's response to her daughter's "failing" math grade has gone viral because, unfortunately, this kind of support and perspective seems increasingly rare.


A student named Hannah Cho shared her mom's reaction after she told her she'd failed a math test:

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It's so heartwarming to see how this mom let her daughter know she is so much more important than a number placed on the top of an exam. Her note really says it all: 

I don't care if you fail your math test … I don't care if you get below 1,00 on [your] SAT … I don't care if your GPA is under 2.0 … I don’t care if you get accepted to Stanford … BUT … I care if you cry … I care if you are stressed … I care if you are unhappy … I care when you get hungry even if you get hungry every two hours (I admit, it can get tiring feeding you constantly) … But I love you.

This had to go a long way toward making Hannah feel better. For kids who are anxious about getting good grades and their chances of getting into a great college, there really is more attention placed on their GPAs than ever before.

Parents and students are able to check grades constantly via online portals. Teachers routinely announce exam result ranges as well as the class's average score on each and every test -- so you are constantly reminded of where you stand. And, if you're competitive, you're probably continuously ranking yourself against your peers. 

Hannah's mom's reaction is so refreshing, but sadly it seems to be pretty uncommon -- and that's why it's really struck a nerve with others who wish their parents were as supportive:

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Unfortunately, this student isn't the only one who felt that way.

mom reassures teen after bad grade

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Some kids feel as if they can't even confide in their parents -- which is pretty heartbreaking when you think that family should be your ultimate cheerleading squad that always has your back. 

mom reassures teen after bad grade

We get it -- no parent wants to see her child fail, especially if it means that a student's opportunities are limited because of it. But it's important to keep in mind just how much strain kids are feeling. If they're trying their best, that's really all parents can ask. No matter what age students might be, letting them know that unconditional love transcends failing grades seems to be a point worth repeating.

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