Monday, December 01, 2014

Parenting in Today's Competitive World - Tips & Advice

Parenting in Today's Competitive World

Parenting has become “Competitive parenting” in today’s world. Competition has always been a hallmark of parenting, and in today's success-driven society we measure our child up to his or her peers. Keep in mind that your child is an individual- and that's a good thing! All children take their time to develop, and have their own particular strengths. So what if Tom walked at 10 months and Peter walked at 15 months? Global competition is real, but so is the timing of childhood milestones.” says Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of The Pressured Child and co-author of the best-selling Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.

Parents are overly involved in their child’s success both in academics and sports. We want our child to be first in everything. The same thought is also in the other parent, but do we think for a moment if all the children could stand first.        

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was a world where children could play at being children. Today, playing fields have become places where adults measure up their children in the early phases of the race to Harvard.

We want our child to learn many languages, music, painting, swimming, and sports. There is not one skill that the child is trained or exposed to whereby the child is always running from one class to another, leaving no room for him to be himself. Accept that he is a child and has to enjoy his phase of childhood. The theory of “survival of the fittest” applies to each and every walk of the society. So a question that arises in our mind is how to bring up our children in order to face competitive world and emerge successful. 


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