I do get that we must tell our children to not fret over academic scores but we also must make our kids not susceptible to this malaise of being overly sensitive to criticism, extremely conscious of their image in the outer world. We must ensure that by protecting our kids from honest criticism, we are not making them psychologically and emotionally feeble and distracting them from self-motivation and hard work.
Today, our kids enjoy personal transport to ferry them to school and back, lighter bags, nutritious tiffin boxes, comfortable shoes, crisp uniforms and at home, they get care, luxurious vacations, mall visits, fancy clothes, gadgets and above all a total insulation from whatever that may even remotely spell “stress”. But hey, we do this, because we want the generation after us to be better than us.Yes, we are doing it all but, somewhere it’s all not adding up.
This is not just about one child but about this millennial generation where kids turn into crumbly cookies at the slightest stress and emotional pressure and are victims of inflated self-image and over sensitivity. We must not shield them from hard work or we will have on our hands, an entire generation and also a society full of demotivated individuals.
Shruthi is a trained dental professional, a radio personality and a mother.