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What about competition? are your kids ready? - parenting


Life is full of contest -- even in childhood. Kids compete for good grades, the concentration of their parents and teachers, and even to get chosen for 'the right team' in gym class. There's nonentity wrong with hopeful fit battle in your children. It can teach kids to act upon at their best while cheering cooperation and nurturing a biting work ethic. Battle can teach constructive coaching about discipline, research and sportsmanship. Best of all, it can help to get ready them for other challenges they will face in life.

But the key word here is "healthy. "

We've all witnessed unhealthy competition: the over-involved parents who make ashamed their offspring by shouting from the sidelines at some point in every game, or the parents who are disappointed when their child fails to bring home the first place ribbon, the best grade on the test or the lead in the drill play.

Sometimes, adults don't acknowledge that our kids won't constantly win. Unfortunately, when that happens, we can do more than harm their self-image. . . we may just be coaching them an unhealthy, win at-all-costs attitude. And, as adults, we know that such an feelings doesn't seem to serve anybody well.

Winning and trailing both have constructive coaching to teach. Parents who bring to mind that can give their kids a competitive advantage.

Andrea Patten is the co-author of What Kids Need to Succeed: Four Foundations of Adult Achievement which is now existing on Amazon. com

For more in sequence about 'The Four Foundations' desire visit http://www. whatkidsneedtosucceed. com

". . . because you're not raising a child - you're raising a expectations adult"


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