Parents shouldn’t treat their child’s report card as their visiting card: PM
New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is crucial to instill resilience in children to help them cope with pressures and asserted that parents and teachers should collectively address challenges faced by students.
Interacting with students, parents and teachers during his annual Pariksha Pe Charcha programme, the prime minister advised parents against treating their child’s report card as their own visiting card and suggested that students should compete with themselves and not others.
“It is crucial to instill resilience in our children and help them cope with pressures… We cannot do switch off, pressure is gone. One must become capable of bearing any kind of pressure. They should believe that pressure keeps on building, and one has to prepare oneself,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi also suggested students to “always make friends who are more intelligent and work harder”. “You must be inspired by such friends. Don’t let the pressure of studies and examinations overpower you,” he said.
Modi said that even though competition and challenges act as inspirations but competition must be healthy.
“Lot of parents keep on giving examples of other children to their children. Parents should avoid doing these things…,” he said.
The prime minister said, “We have also seen that those parents who have not been very successful in their lives have nothing to say or want to tell the world about their successes and achievements, make the report card of their children as their visiting card. Whenever they meet someone, they will tell them the story of their children.”
“You must not compare one child with another as that can be detrimental to their future. Some parents treat their children’s report card as their visiting card, this is not good,” he said at the seventh episode of his outreach programme with students ahead of examinations.