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In this age of forced competition, parental pressure to start getting kids ‘educated’ begins much before the child can take the first step. That is really, very wrong, writes Sameera Hashim.

 few years ago, I was approached by a friend. She asked, “How old is your son now? 20 months? Does he know his colours, animals and modes of transport yet?”I thought she was kidding, but unfortunately she was absolutely serious.The race to win the educational grand prix is real and toddlers are the chariots of choice. Parents nowadays have become obsessed with making, or rather forcing, children learn as early as possible. As a mother, I have been a front row spectator to this insatiable sport for the past seven years and I can assure you, with all my zeal, that I am NOT a fan.