Children are facing more pressures nowadays from academic, social and commercial perspectives. What are the causes of these pressures and what measures should be taken to reduce these pressures?

-[Harpreet Singh Dhillon]

It is commonly said that today's children are pressurized and face harder and harder academic, social and commercial challenges. This essay intends to debate the causes of those pressures and suggest some measures to alleviate the matter . I believe that children must be shielded from such mounting pressures.

There are many academic pressures on children. Today's child is not competing with the kid nearby , or maybe of one's town or country. He is competing with the kid of the global village. The big planet Earth of yesteryear may be a small well-linked global village of today. Parents want their children to excel in every field.
They send their children to the simplest schools, where the varsity bag is usually heavier than the kid himself. Even after school hours there are private tuition. Children do not have time to bloom and convey out their hidden talents.

There are also many social and commercial pressures. Socially, the children of today are in a huge dilemma' They want to adopt the global culture, whereas their parents force them to confine themselves to the traditions. This sometimes makes them rebel against the principles laid by their elders. Then, they also face peer
pressure, which may be good if their peers are good, and bad if their peers are not disciplined. This peer pressure including the consumerist society of today can cause tons of stress and strain on children. They see the newest models of cell phones and other items with their peers and need to shop for them. When they are unable to try to to so, they get stressed.

The solutions are not simple. Children have to be handled with great care. Parents should have realistic expectations from their children. They should have a pro-active approach and provides time to their children. The biggest onus is on the faculties and teachers. They should strive to bring out the best in every child and
competition and co-operation should both be taught simultaneously. The aim of competition should not be to win in the least cost. Children have to be taught to win with modesty and lose with grace.

To summarise, there is little question that the youngsters of today face numerous pressures, but steps should be taken on a war footing to guard their innocent childhood. Otherwise, these pressures will stifle the physical and psychological growth of youngsters .
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