Graduation Speech : Children And Their Effects On Children Essay

842 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Children are often rewarded and praised for putting forth little to no effort. Receiving a trophy was once a rare occurrence, but over the years children have been given trophies for showing up and participating. As a mother to a hard headed toddler I understand the feeling to tell them everything they do is amazing and perfect. Children are constantly assured they are winners and almost guaranteed to receive recognition of some kind for attendance. What effect is this causing our children? Teaching them they are equal to the child that tried the hardest or the child that won? Steelers linebacker James Harrison and father of two, was vocal on his social network when he had his two sons return their participation trophies writing “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better….” Receiving a trophy gives self-confidence and pride as to the contrary, losing teaches sportsmanship, dealing with letdown and a motivation to try harder. Giving all children trophies doesn’t give them the chance to become resilient to the frustration they will need to deal with in their future.
Praise should specific to a particular achievement. We teach our kids that they are the best and praise them for every achievement they make,…

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