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Schools and Colleges or Educational Institutions are well underway. It symbolises that most parents spend their majority of lives at a playing field or on their way to one.

Healthy and unhealthy competition 

Schools and Colleges or Educational Institutions are well underway. It symbolisesthat most parents spend their majority of lives at a playing field or on their way to one.

In a competition, parents often cheer excitedly. During the ride home, everyone discusses the results and calculates the performance. Most parents have good intentions, many parents dishearten their children and encourage unhealthy competition unintentionally.

Difference Between Unhealthy and Healthy Competition?

At the time, your words and comments might seem to be inconsequential. However, in the long run, they can have a huge impact.The difference between unhealthy and healthy competition..

Healthy Competition.

Parents support healthy competition by encouraging their children to focus on doing their best, having fun and learning a skill. This type of competition requires teamwork and positive participation. Participants are encouraged to improve themselves and learn a new technique. Winning is just an added bonus.

Unhealthy Competition.

This might be difficult for some parents to hear, but focusing on winning and being the best is an unhealthy way to compete. Parents are encouraging their child to be better than others. The pressure to win is more important than having fun or learning a new skill. Children who do their best and still lose feel like a failure.

You Might Be Encouraging Unhealthy Competition and You Don’t Even Know It! All of us want to do right by our children. None of us intentionally want to cause them harm or pain. Unfortunately, there are lots of ways parents promote unhealthy competition without intending to. Here are three ways you might be leading your child down a path of unhealthy competition.

1. Let’s Race! We all have days when we want to motivate our youngster into action. However, suggesting the first person to complete a task wins is the wrong way to do it. Usually, the youngest or weakest child comes in last. This only makes the child feel more dejected.

If you want to get your children to kick it in gear, that’s fine; just don’t resort to racing. Instead, opt for a way to do something fast without a winner. For example, “Let’s see how many blocks we can pick up before this song ends.”

2. Being a Bad Example

Most parents encourage their children to avoid selfishness and poor sportsmanship. However, parents can sometimes get caught up in the excitement and forget their own advice. They sit in the bleachers and insults at children, referees, and coaches. Instead of being negative, offer positive suggestions. Way to go, nice hit, and keep it up are all acceptable. If you are going to offer suggestions for improvement, make sure those are positive too – spread out, bend your knees, work together.

Competition doesn’t end with the game. Remember to check your comments on the ride home too. Don’t dwell on the final outcome; instead note how well your child performed, how nicely the team worked together, and how hard everyone worked. If your child brings the conversation back to the score, try to redirect to overall effort or signs of improvement.

3. Comparisons Comparing your children to one another is a bad idea. Try to avoid letting even an occasional, “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” comment slip out. These huffy statements are not motivational. Children will feel inferior and come to resent their sibling. Even if the other child didn’t participate in the comparison, the statement alone is sufficient to form bad blood.

Even if you try to put a positive spin on the comparison, you are still building someone up by putting another down. Your child will feel pressure to always be better than someone. You won’t be boosting your child’s self-esteem at all. If anything, you’ll only boost his or her ego.

In conclusion we can say that as a Parent we need to encourage your child to offer his best. Focus on your child’s improved skills and her positive interactions with teammates. In the end, your child will be more confident and have healthier relationships with others.


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