Parents are generally in masked competition amongst themselves. The measure of a successful is parent is how many skills the child knows as compared to other children, resulting in enrolling the child in every possible coaching and talent class. But the temptation to be called a super parent may be detrimental for the child and cost them dearly.

Natural abilities are killed

Engaging and enrolling the child in various coaching and talent classes , doesn’t give them the time to  think, observe and analyse. It takes away the opportunity from the child   to discover their innate qualities and excel.

Stress takes away the charm

You may think you are planning well for your child’s successful life but this kind of pressure will leave your child stressed out and unhappy. Deep down, they may always blame you for not letting them fulfil their dreams.

Originality is marred

A child accustomed to be coached for everything, can never generate ideas of their own. They’ll never question the status quo. This would make them a follower and never a leader.

Life is the real coach

Confidence, communication skills, decision-making, problem solving – all these life skills are a must for success and are acquired not with coaching but by living life to the full. Give your child the freedom and time to think,    speak, do little things that may seem a waste of time for you but will prove to be invaluable for their growth.

Childhood is over before time

With those back to back coaching classes, where is the time left for the child to play in the park, to get wet in the rain with the friends, to read stories in bed. Let your child enjoy the golden days of childhood and keep the child alive in him forever.

This article appeared in Hindustan Times

Sudha Gupta

Mrs. Sudha Gupta, Chairperson of Mother's Pride Pre-School and Presidium Senior Secondary School, is a sought-after expert on parenting.

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