Students At Home

For Everyone Who Learns at Home

on July 30, 2012

Losing is a big issue at my house. Michael shares exactly what I try to do with my children, and honestly, we as parents need to practice losing as well sometimes. While it’s never easy to lose, everyone can’t win all the time. This post includes excellent advice for every parent and teacher.

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The Olympic Games is not about winning but about competing. In every competition there are winners and losers. Our athletes have the potential to show our children how to win with dignity and humility and how to deal with the disappointment of losing. I think its fair to say swimmer James Magnussen could have reacted with more class after his performance in the relay team proved underwhelming.

Courtesy of below are five tips for teaching children how to lose:

Putting the emphasis on giving your best.

While everyone wants to win, shift the focus from winning to giving your best and to having fun. Explain that playing the game is like the cake and winning is like the frosting on top. It’s sweet, but the cake can be enjoyed without the frosting too.

Providing your child with opportunities to lose.

While it can be tempting to let your…

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2 responses to “

  1. LloydPlace says:

    Learning to lose not only encompasses a sense of selflessness, but also serves as a tool to develop appreciation. Appreciation of the abilities that conduces to winning in oneself and others. Humility is also learned in this way and can be a positive thing in the long-term.

    With that being said losing sucks.

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