Everyone is not always a winner

Riley Dawkins, Staff

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In today’s society, winners and losers are receiving trophies. The phrase “Everyone gets a trophy” has become way too common. Why should children get a trophy for just participating?
This is resulting in soft-hearted children in our society. Children need to be able to understand how it feels to get their job done. While losers are receiving participation trophies, they are learning that it is okay to not be a winner.
NFL Star James Harrison made a comment “I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.
This is parenting done right. Giving anyone a participation trophy is senseless. This act is teaching children at a young age to just participate to win. Children are losing their sense of competitiveness which will take the fun out of the game.
CNN reports, “Whit Honea, who coached sports, doesn’t believe participation trophies are necessary, he does believe they reward effort, not the final out-come.” Although receiving a participation trophy can be healthy to boost a child’s self-esteem, they are losing many learning points. They are failing to learn how to handle adversity.
If a child is not put through adversity at an appropriate age, they will fail in most situation later in life. Nytimes.com states “Today, participation trophies are almost given, as children are constantly assured they are winners.” Winning is not always a good thing.
Children should learn how to face losing, how to handle it and how to bounce back and be a better person. Parents are happy for their kids getting awards and they aren’t getting the fact that is it corrupting their child’s mind.

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