Is competition healthy for kids?
There is always something about competition that helps to push us to our limits and beyond. But is competition really healthy or good for children who are learning and growing? Kids are just like adults when it comes to competition just in much smaller packages. They really enjoy the game and the thrill of winning. Competition comes in many different forms, from games in the classroom to activities and sports outside the classroom setting. Take a look at the pros and cons to competition in children and let us know what you think.
Pros to competition in children
- Competition let’s kids have a sense of winning and success
- If competition is done in groups or teams you can develop a feeling of togetherness and team work with your team. This also helps to teach children to work together.
- The majority of children work great under pressure. In fact they work at their very best.
- Competition is great for children in the classroom that might be a bit ahead or advanced. It helps them not to become bored and develop behavioral problems.
- Kids really love the thrill of the game, it’s fun to them and gives them a fun, entertaining way of also learning something very important.
- Competition is a great way to get kids involved more in participating in classroom activities instead of just sitting on the sidelines getting through their day.
- Perfect for an older child. Older children are able to understand how well team work and competition works, making it more fun and enjoyable to them.
Cons to competition in children
- Some children do not work well under pressure and in fact break at the thought of it.
- Not great for younger children. The younger child has a difficult time understanding exactly how competition works and get’s easily frustrated
- Not really the best option for students or children that may be struggling. Competition to them may make them feel like they are not smart enough.
In all competition usually helps to motivate children to strive for only the very best. It helps to bring out talents in them they may have never realized they had. It’s important to remember with competition it can also bring out an ugly side in trying to be the winner all the time. You must understand that when competition is introduced you will want to talk with your child about how winning is not everything. Make sure they understand that you are not upset or disappointed in them if they do not win.
We want to hear from you
What is your opinion on competition and children? What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages to it?