CDC HEADS UP CONCUSSION TRAINING
Food For Thought
Keeping Competition Fun
Developing Healthy Attitudes
Competitions—whether in sporting or academic arenas—offer fun for kids as well as a forum for learning and developing skills. However, if the competition or attitudes toward competition become too intense, fun and learning quickly disappear.
Fun should be the first priority. Especially for younger kids, toss out the scorecard and be ready to adjust the rules to fit the kids' abilities. As children get older, the pressure to win forces some kids to drop out of sports. To keep kids from quitting sports altogether, keep them playing sports they enjoy on some level, even if it is just informally with friends.
Parents should keep the conversation about sports general. Don't focus on their individual performance or achievement. Be encouraging whether the child wins or loses, but keep enthusiasm in check. If you get over-excited when he wins, he may think you will be more disappointed if he loses.
Be a good role model. Kids often pick up an unhealthy attitude toward winning from their parents. Parents need to determine whether something they are saying or doing is promoting the idea of winning at all costs. Look for opportunities to discuss examples of good and bad sportsmanship and competition. When possible, encourage participation in cooperative or noncompetitive activities rather than competitive ones.
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