Should Children Participation Be A Generation Of False Self Worth?
04, March, 2016
Audience- Parents with children in competitive activities.
Message- Giving children participation awards are creating a generation of false self-worth.
Purpose- To persuade parents
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 just showing up and participating. Children are constantly assured they are winners and almost guaranteed to receive recognition of some kind for simply showing up. What affect is this causing our children? Teaching them they are equal to the child that tried the hardest or the child that won? Steeler’s linebacker James Harrison has been vocal on his social network that 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 frustration they will need in life.
Praise should specific to a particular achievement. We teach…