Many of our favorite American pastimes revolve around competition. Schools and clubs rank students’ performances and high achievers often receive trophies, awards and prizes. As parents, we are often left wondering whether all this competition is healthy for our young children.
A bit of playful competition provides children with a healthy opportunity to learn and practice social skills while bonding with others on a team. However, it’s important for parents to keep the focus on having fun and to emphasize what it means to have good sportsmanship.