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Updated: April 29, 2013 18:12 IST

How parents can turn children into achievers

T.S. Atul Swaminathan
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EFFECTIVE PARENTING: R. Diya and R. Arjuna, along with their mother R. Banu and father D.S. Rajesh.
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EFFECTIVE PARENTING: R. Diya and R. Arjuna, along with their mother R. Banu and father D.S. Rajesh.

Do you want your children to acquire great skills? Make it a point to spend more time with them, says T.S. Atul Swaminathan after a lengthy meeting with two child prodigies and their parents

Parents have to spend quality time with their children so that their special talents are identified early. This is what R. Bhanu and D. S. Rajesh say. They have a reason: their children R. Arjuna, (10) and R. Diya (4) have developed multiple skills that belie their age.

The brother and sister can identify flags of countries. That is not all. The duo can hold forth on any subject and they have thrilled audiences with their in-depth knowledge of health-related issues and a wealth of information about historical places around India.

Said Arjuna, “From a young age, I was driven by the passion to learn something new. Though, I am interested in learning everything under the sun, my favourite subjects are mathematics and moral science. Since I was one-and-a-half years old, I sharpened my general knowledge skills, and learnt about places around the country that are imbued with historical significance.”

The duo rattles off definitions of medical specialities, speaks at length on wildlife issues in India. Arjuna often has his nose buried in books, yet manages to catch up with his favourite sports – table tennis and carrom. The siblings have secured first position in story-telling competition held recently in their school, and want to take up medicine as a career.

Other facets to his personality are just as interesting. “I am a scale model car collector. I have a unique collection of 72 cars across the world. I can identify the make, name the model and year of a car, by a mere look,” said Arjuna, who calls Swami Vivekananda and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam his role models. Says Diya, ‘I learnt a lot from my elder brother. He is my role-model. I am more interested in health, geography, general knowledge, space, science and veterinary sciences. At present, we are learning about countries, their capitals, and identifying countries on the world map.’

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Well done to the parents.
I guess when education is fun then sky is the limit for learning new things. I am sure both Arjun and Diya will certainly achienve what ever they want to achieve.

from:  Sundeep
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 17:29 IST

All the best to the children. I am indeed happy about it. May I please remind a very famous quote by John Adams, “There are two types of education... One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.”

from:  Sekhar Ganpathy
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 08:38 IST

Prodigies are born and are not bred. All this pumping unwanted data into a young mind hampers its natural development. The parents are not wholly
correect in their observations. Spending time with children is fine .Loading them with data bases as if they were computers is a waste of inherent talent.

from:  subbanarasu divakaran
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 01:52 IST
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