Are children objects?
You'd say no, right?
But is that true, in the bigger picture?
Yet parents make children do stuff against their will just for their social standing.
They make them participate in competitions just because the child's friend did too.
They make them join classes just because their neighbour's kid does.
Oh and nowadays their are coachings that prepare children for colleges pretty early on, that too at an age when they can't even be sure of what they want to do in life.
Don't get me wrong, many times it is for "the child's sake", many times the child himself/herself is willing to participate in the competition/learn the skill, sometimes the children likes it after trying it. But when you know it deep down that what your close ones want you to do is more for social standing's sake than yours, it hurts, doesn't it?