My Daughter's Grades Shot Back Up After We Both Looked Inside
(Minghui.org) My daughter was born in 1999. She was such a lovely, healthy baby that everyone wanted to hold her. In kindergarten, she was considered the healthiest child. Her teacher asked what kind of nutritional supplements we fed her. At that time, my family's finances were not good, and we had no money to buy supplements for her. The secret of her health was Falun Dafa.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I never stopped studying the Fa and doing the exercises. When she was around three years old, she could recite Hong Yin. When she was about six years old, she read Zhuan Falun. From primary school to middle school, she was very obedient. She was admitted to the city's top high school after she successfully passed the entrance exam.
Neglecting Fa Study
My daughter changed when she got to high school. She studied the Fa less and claimed that she had lots of homework and didn't have enough time. Her rebellious heart showed up, as well as a strong attachment to her cell phone.
It was only six months before the college entrance exam when I was told during the parents' conference that her grades had slipped to last place in her class. Her teacher advised me to find her a job so she could leave school and not bring down the school's overall college-entrance rate.
I was very unhappy but immediately calmed down, thinking that the teacher's words did not count, that only Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, was truly in charge. When my daughter came home that night, she cried and said that she did not want to go to school because her teacher did not like her and she could not learn well.
I said, “Calm down first. You are a young Dafa disciple and should not be in this situation. Since you fell down, just quickly get up and cultivate well in Dafa. Master taught us to be good. As a student, you should study well in order to manifest the qualities of a true cultivator. Do as Master told us:
'No matter how busy you may get, you still must study the Fa' (“ Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI).”
“As a parent, I have a certain responsibility. I have slacked off in my cultivation, studied the Fa less, and sought everyday people's fame, hoping you would get into a better college. The unrighteous forces have used my loopholes to cause things to be the way they are today. Let's be diligent together and study the Fa more. How about that?” My daughter agreed.
Improvement after Studying the Fa Diligently
She was in her last year. Every day after she finished her classes and did her homework, no matter how late it was, we studied the Fa and then she sent righteous thoughts on her own. From time to time, she told me that she looked within for her shortcomings.
At school, she applied Dafa's principles in dealing with her classmates and was considerate of others everywhere she went. She asked me to give her an envelope so she could write a letter to her teacher about the goodness of Falun Dafa and the truth about the persecution.
Her grades really improved. Before the college entrance exam, she had to take four major tests. On each one, she made 50 points more than previously, so her school held a special assembly to award her a special commendation. She was accepted by her first choice university because of her excellent college entrance examination scores.
After the results were posted, my daughter's classmates and teacher were all stunned. The teacher had said that, no matter how good a tutor we found to help my daughter, she was unlikely to improve enough because he had seen similar situations before. He wondered where we'd found such an amazing extracurricular class to help her improve so much in such a short period of time. We told the teacher that it was her practicing Falun Dafa that helped her do so well in school.
Given our cultivation experience, my daughter and I have learned to look inward. My child took a detour, which was actually caused by my own lack of diligence. I was being irresponsible and did not take good care of her. At that time, I blamed her for being disobedient. I felt ashamed when I realized much of it was caused by my own problems but am so grateful for the wake-up call.