Competing is never easy. Life is not easy either. Imagine what we will have when we combine both. As adults, we know that competitions are part of our life’s journey. We may not have experienced competing formally but one way or another, we have all competed in some form, as in a sport, for a better job or a better future.
As a parent and teacher, I feel competitions are our children’s stepping-stones to real life challenges that they would face in their workplace or social life. If we remove it from them, we remove lot of opportunities to grow as an individual.
Competition is healthy because it not only develops the fighting spirit, but also develops sportsmanship in our kids as well. It teaches them to be prepared prior to competition – making them more responsible. It teaches our kids to have faith and to have hope. It also teaches our kids teamwork and cooperation. It teaches them to be brave, to face problems or tasks with courage; as competitions are not limited to sport events, or quiz bees, or talent shows; the whole life is full of competitions.
As parents, teachers and caregivers we have to expose them to healthy challenges and competitions. Yes, they might get hurt along the way, and as a parents, we would not want that at all. However, as adults we know that these disappointments would make them better prepared for later challenges in life. If they lose, then they become more responsible and strong willed to perform better next time. If they win, then they become more self-confident.
Therefore, competitions are a great way to develop various skills in a child including motivation, preparedness and responsibility As the saying goes, “You never fail until you stop trying”. So encourage your kid to compete, as I do with my own daughter and all my students. For news and tips related to education including upcoming competitions, such as Geography Bee, Math League, Science league and Art for Grades K-8, please visit SMARTS Club where we are “making kids smarter everyday”!