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7 Reasons Why Competition is Good for Children


Encouraging children to take part in competitions can help you inculcate many skills in them. Read on to learn about the 7 reasons why competition is good for your children.

Competition is a highly debated topic and there is a lot of discussion on healthy and unhealthy competition, child psychiatrists maintain a consensus that healthy competition is great for kids and can help boost performance in many important ways. Read on to know about the biggest advantages of competition.

1. Improved Tenacity

Often competitive events require kids to go into difficult situations to win the round. While some competitions test the physical prowess, others test the limits of mental strength. Kids who have a fairly easy life at home are pushed out of their comfort zone in competitions. While they may not like it at first but with time competition endows children with much needed tenacity. This tenacity will teach children to hold on and not lose patience in difficult situations in life.

2. Learning to Take Turns

Many people are unaware of the fact that competition teaches humane qualities like learning to wait for one’s turn. Children who are used to instant gratification and auto response to their needs may find competitions a little perplexing. A competition involves situations that simulate real life…each and every participant has to wait for his or her turn. Learning to wait patiently before performing can be a useful lesson for kids.

3. Going That Extra Mile

Any competitive event automatically becomes a performance booster as it pushes participants to exert to the best of their abilities. A competition will motivate your kids to put in their best performance. Once they taste success at any competitive event, the warm feeling of appreciation will automatically motivate them to perform well in every competition. Even if your kids do not win laurels it is important for you to keep appreciating their efforts so that they do not lose hope.

4. Boosting Confidence

Competitions involve a display of mental strength, stamina and fortitude. A child who participates in a competition for the first time may feel jittery and nervous but repeated exposure to such events develops a confidence. The confidence to perform amidst a random number of peers and friends is an important ability. Self-esteem and perceived self image is also boosted as your kid learns to make his or her place in the competitive arena.

5. Preparing for Life

Competition is all about difficulty, hurdles and beating others to grab the first spot. Ironically these are things that are duplicated in real life too. Children who are involved in competitive events from childhood learn to be prepared for life’s challenges in adulthood. It is no wonder that these kids achieve success quicker both in personal as well as professional life.

6. Handling Failure

One important thing that competitions teach is to handle failure properly. It is expected that an average kid will miss out on winning most of the competitions he or she is exposed to. But the experience of failing and then self retrospection to understand the reasons of failure will make your kid a much stronger person. Life has its ups and downs and at some point your beloved child may have to face a hard failure. Competitions and your loving guidance will teach your kid that failure is not the end of life; it is merely a stepping stone to future success.

7. Differentiating Between Bad and Good Competition

Bad competition or unhealthy competition primarily involves beating others by hook or crook. Healthy competition involves the urge to win by delivering one’s best performance in an ethical way. Both are entirely different concepts. As a parent, teach your kids the difference between both as unhealthy competitions can teach your kids many bad qualities.

With your guidance and application of these simple tips your kids would surely benefit a lot from competitive events.

How to teach kids the difference between unhealthy competition and healthy competition? What are the advantages of encouraging kids to participate in competitions? How to encourage kids to take part in various competitions? Discuss here.

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