Note: Since your child is a son or a daughter is not clear, for the purpose of ease in reading the answer, it has been assumed that the child is a son.
No, not at all!
Your child is unique and so is every person in this world. This is the miracle of Nature! Everyone has some specialities and some weaknesses too. At this tender age of five, more than scoring good marks or performing outstandingly in an activity, what your child needs is a firm foundation to grow into an outstanding human being, adorned with the best of virtues and good special qualities. And to make this happen is our prime duty as a parent, right now!
For this, first and foremost, you may accept your child the way he is and behave with him very normally. Have you ever seen how water readily accepts the stones no matter how dirty they are; and without comparing or blaming them to be dirty, in course of time, how it makes them clean and sparkling? Everything that comes in contact with water gets cleaned and becomes pure! This is the speciality of water. And parents and teachers have a similar role, like that of water, to be played in the child’s life.
Try to be not only his parent but also his best friend, his Guru, his guide and his hope as well... You are right; in this growing age, if he is unable to deal with the comparative statements said by you, he could end up accumulating the dirt of negative thoughts for the children around him and he could even build a wall around him and prefer to live inside that wall only. Those who are his friends today, we don’t want them to turn into rivals tomorrow, isn’t it? So, let’s help him blossom. Keep him free from all kinds of undue pressures. That is when his talent and capability will naturally flourish. He will happily socialize and will become a responsible and learned person too.
And as he grows up a little, then groom him in a manner that he can ignore people’s taunts with ease and comfort and accept people’s criticism with love and respect. Cultivate him to grow so strong that adverse comments do not bog him down nor do they affect his confidence at all. Prepare your child such that he can remain unaffected by people’s opinions.
Or else how will he reach his determined destination?! One who loses confidence when compared with others, or gets swayed by people’s opinions, neither will the goal remain his nor the journey! So let’s teach him to listen to his/her own inner voice amidst the outer chaos, and in every circumstance remain riveted to the goal of growing into a better human being and scaling to better and better heights!!