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WORRIED NEIGHBOR. KID NEXT DOOR STRESS OF HIS STUDIES

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I’m writing this anonymously so i won’t expose anyone’s identity. My neighbor’s kid has been looking really stressed lately but i don’t know how to help without being seen as intrusive. I think he’s stressed because of his studies and his mother’s extreme nagging.

We’re next door neighbors so sometimes i hear her raise her voice. She’ll scold him for being less hardworking than his cousins who are doing well in school. She’ll say he shouldn’t ask them about homework in case she lose face for having a “stupid son”. Once she said she won’t be cooking dinner because she thinks if he can spend an hour eating then might as well study another chapter.

I’ve never heard the boy talk back loudly. I’m worried because he really seems stressed and depressed. I think he’s hardworking but just not up to the mother’s standard. Sometimes i see him with Popular plastic bag filled with assessment books and i’m not sure if he buys them himself because of the stress.

I know I shouldn’t be busybody but he shouldn’t feel this kind of stress at his age! I tried asking him how is he a few times when i see him at the lift but he always give a pained smile and just look away. So how? Is there anything i can do to help without being too intrusive? I really hope he’ll be ok.

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