Stop sending your child to swim, drawing, quilling paper, Bollywood dance and other kinds! ;
Every time I see my neighbor of 8 years, she is either going to a class of extra-curricular activity or return one’s. In the words of her mother, the girl is a ‘road’. She makes swimming, quilling, dancing and also is training play guitar. Of course, karate and drawing classes are considered by default, which means that all children do. What bothers me is that it always looks tired and is always in a hurry to get to one class or another. I’m assuming she eats her dinner while trying to complete the task.
When I tried to tell her mother about my worries, she says I worried too. He even suggested I should enroll my child in some classes, because the sooner you start, the better. And this has become a norm, with nursery schools and classes of activity accept children from 16 months! A friend who sends her 18-month-old to play at the school, said teachers promised that will instill a sense of discipline and child will be standing in line and not without brake within three months . When I exclaimed that young children are supposed to be out of control and “free”, she just gave me ‘the look’!
So enroll a child in 1001 classes has become the norm. I felt like the only bucking the trend and had doubts about whether my child is left behind. So I talked to Dr. Shachi Dalvi , child psychologist, about whether it is healthy to put a child so and how it affects their development – positive or otherwise. One thing that worries me most is hygiene play areas and classes, and whether it is safe for very young children.
Dr. Dalvi says it’s definitely not healthy for a child who has an agenda so full. With school work, weekly tests, then all the pressure of extra-school activities, the child has very little time left to enjoy and explore what actually likes. One of two or three years old, does not know if she is interested in dance, music or a particular sport. This does not mean that you should not expose children to different arts and activities, but the idea is to let them learn and explore and then decide what they like. In addition, often working parents enroll their children in all these classes to keep them occupied. If you are a working parent and concerned about your child’s development, even reading together is a great binding activity and bedtime stories can actually make your child smarter !
Before enrolling your child in a class, keep these points by Dr. Dalvi note:
We discussed this theme, along with the Dr. Shachi on Facebook a live video. Watch the video here:
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