It’s not always good for children to achieve milestones in life, especially when they are still too young. It’s nice to see kids excelling in music, sports, academics, or in anything. But if they are not enjoying these activities, and are just being pushed by their guardians, it could backfire and produce negative effects.
Research shows that the involvement of parents in a child’s education leads to success (“Parent involvement,” n.d.). But if the parents are forcing their kids to study, especially at a very young age, the child might end up hating school and not do well when it really matters. First years of a child’s education should be a pleasant experience, not a horrifying one. Accelerating a child is also not advisable, a child that should just be enjoying playing does not fit yet a higher form of education. This is not recommended because the child would be exposed to a batch of older kids that does not think the same way as a young child does. In other words, the child is forced to grow up fast. In other aspects like music or sports, if a child clearly does not enjoy a particular musical instrument, move on to another that the child might probably like, or better yet, ask them. If they don’t like to learn music, don’t force them, the child could learn it later if he or she wants to. In sports, if a child shows signs of individualism, don’t involve them in team sports, open up, individual sports to them like, golf, or chess (Miller 2007).
Conclusion. If children are pushed to achieve very early in life, they might miss out on their childhood, which should be fun. And if parents would keep pushing, children might end up hating the very subjects that their parents are trying to involve them.
Childe Development Institute. (n.d.) Research shows. September 2008.
Miller E.L. (2007). How to tell if you’re pushing your kids. September 2008.