When my child was little, I heard other parents (parents of children older than mine) say, “What’s the rush?” In my ignorance (or arrogance), I thought, Well, they just don’t understand or care that their child be the best she can be. I have learned so much in my (almost) 9 years as a parent! I’m now the one saying, “What’s the rush?” It’s true, what meaningful advantage will your child have by learning everything a little bit sooner? And do you want to run the risk of burnout by age 6?
More the point, there is nothing that a child misses academically or being pushed to sports till she is developmentally ready. Children today are real smart. They are picking up well from their surroundings.
But do we really want them to miss out on jumping into the mud puddles, making the paper boat, hog on the candies, play hop scotch, decorate their dolls and mess around with the colours. When we recall the fond memories of our childhood like ringing the door bells of the neighbours and doing the sudden disappearance act or may be stealing those few extra minutes of playtime by simply ignoring mother’s yell, transforming a clean wall into a messy piece of art or those innumerable hours of playing ludo or carrom. These are the moments which we profoundly remember. Then why put these shackles on the young imaginative minds and instruct them with the Do’s and Don’ts of becoming an Einstein or maybe Beckham.
When they are pre schoolers, they are still figuring out the world. When they are in their Primary classes, they are learning to play imaginatively (and think critically).
Let the child develop naturally, and you’ll be sure they don’t skip over any critical developmental phases.