Teaching the Importance of Healthy Competition

Teaching the Importance of Healthy Competition

“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.”

-Colin Powell

Some parents think that instilling a sense of competition in their children from an early age can put unnecessary pressure on their children. It is true that not everyone can be a winner but is that reason enough to sit back and never try? Healthy competition is not only about winning but also about developing the mind of the child for the long journey ahead of them in their lives.


How necessary is Healthy Competition?  

It is important to realise that the road to success is through failure. The key is to lose once and never make the same mistake again. This is where healthy competition comes into play. It not only helps the child to cope with the failure but also makes them understand the importance of perseverance and hard work.


It does not matter if your child is not the brightest or best, as long as they are hard working they will come out at the top. It helps them in developing self efficiency and makes them self assured. Healthy competition also improves a child’s social skills and teaches them how to work as a team.

Don’t Mistake Healthy Competition to Only Winning

More often than not, competition between individuals can play a negative or divisive role. It is wrong on our side to think that our child should only be winning when there is competition involved. Sometimes the constant pressure from parents can make the child think that adopting underhanded techniques to win is the way to go. This kind of competitiveness can hinder your child’s values if it becomes toxic like undermining, backstabbing and a “me first” mentality.

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