It is a cool crisp fall afternoon and the little league season has come to an end. The first place team, just victorious walks out onto the field to get their trophies, followed by the second place team, the third place team, all the way to the last place team. Each kid getting a trophy and being told, “you’re a winner even when you lose!”
Fast forward a few weeks to the kid’s football game at a local park. Upon arriving late, you ask a person standing on the side line what the score is, only to learn that they are not keeping score!]
Are we raising a generation of wimps by doing that? In reality, we keep score at everything. We also make everything a competition. (Drinking games for presidential debates comes to mind). Part of growing up is learning to be a gracious winner and a gracious loser. But some people think that it hurts the self-esteem of our kids. Personally, I think it builds character.
What are your thoughts on this? Are we helping or hurting kids with the ‘everyone’s a winner’ attitude, or should we be teaching them that in the real world, people do keep score.