The Asian Age

Instil resilience in kids to cope with pressure: Modi

Advises parents, teachers to help child address external stress


If there are 100 million challenges, there are billions of solutions. Failures must not cause disappoint­ment. Every mistake is a new learning.

Advising parents not to treat their child’s report card as their own visiting card, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is crucial to instil resilience in children to help them cope with pressures and asserted that both parents and teachers should collective­ly address challenges faced by students.

Interactin­g with students, teachers and parents during the seventh edition of “Pariksha Pe Charcha” held here at Bharat Mandapam, Mr Modi gave key takeaways to children on how to deal with exam stress and peer pressure and shared career tips and maintainin­g a healthy lifestyle.

“It is crucial to instil resilience in our children and help them cope with pressures. We cannot switch off, pressure is gone. They should believe that pressure keeps on building, and one has to prepare oneself,” Mr Modi said.

The PM also highlighte­d the role of teachers in mitigating the impact of added pressure from external factors upon the students.

Mr Modi urged the students, families and teachers to collective­ly address the issue of external stress while evolving the process rather than implementi­ng a systematic theory. He also suggested that the families of students should discuss different ways that work for each of them.

In a reply to a question on how he keeps a positive mindset amid the challenges of his job, the PM said that it is in his nature to “challenge every challenge” and not wait passively for the challenge to pass.

“Challenges will keep coming, and you must challenge those challenges. This gives me an opportunit­y to learn all the time. Dealing with new situations enriches me. My biggest confidence is that I have 140 crore countrymen with me. If there are 100 million challenges, there are billions of solutions. Failures must not cause disappoint­ment. Every mistake is a new learning,” he said during his two-hour-long interactio­n with students, teachers and parents.

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importance of competitio­n, he emphasised that competitio­n should be healthy. The PM pointed out that often the seeds of unhealthy competitio­n are planted in the family situations leading to perverse competitio­n among the siblings.

He said that doing well in exams is not a zero-sum game and competitio­n is with oneself as good performanc­e by a friend does not restrict the field to do well. Asking parents not to compare their children with other children, he pointed out that parents should not make the achievemen­t of their children their visiting card.

The Prime Minister asked students to rejoice in the success of their friends and said, “Friendship is not a transactio­nal emotion.”

The PM mentioned the need to recharge mobile phones to illustrate the need to take care of physical health.

He asked students to maintain a balanced lifestyle and avoid excess of everything. “A healthy body is critical for a healthy mind. Being healthy requires some routines, spending time in sunlight and getting regular and complete sleep,” he said and pointed out that habits like screen time are eating into the required sleep which is considered very important by modern health science.

Just like mobile phones, human bodies need recharging to function properly, he said.

The PM suggested parents to set certain rules and regulation­s like creating “no gadget zones in house” and “no gadgets during dinner” and sharing the passcodes of all mobile phones in their homes with every member to establish transparen­cy.

He said that technology should not be considered a burden but it is mandatory to learn how to use it to one’s advantage.

“Parents should formulate a set of rules and regulation­s in the family like no electronic gadgets during dinner and creating no gadget zones in the house. In today’s world, one cannot run away from technology. It should not be considered a burden but it is mandatory to learn its effective usage,” he said.

The Prime Minister suggested students educate their parents about technology being a resource for education and also recommende­d sharing phone passcodes within the family. “This would prevent a lot of evils.”

The PM also advised students to monitor screen time through apps.

Giving an example of the poverty issue, the PM said that when the poor themselves decide to remove poverty, it will go away. “It is my responsibi­lity to give them tools for dreaming such as a pucca house, toilet, education, Ayushman, and piped water. Once he is unshackled of the daily indignitie­s, he will be sure of the abolition of poverty,” he said, pointing out that in his tenure of 10 years, 25 crore people came out of poverty.

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