When a Child has to be FIRST or be BEST at Everything

It’s fairly common for children to go through a phase of needing to be first or best at everything. This might be first to get out of the car, or first to touch the front door. It might be best at running fast or writing letters. This push varies widely with some way more than … Continue reading When a Child has to be FIRST or be BEST at Everything

Competition: Teaching Kids to be Gracious Winners and Good Sport Losers

I will start here by saying; I want my kids to be competitive. I want them to work hard, play fair, enjoy the process, celebrate the wins and learn from the losses. This goes for their academics and their athletics. Teach cooperation first – As children grow, having a cooperative nature helps to curb the … Continue reading Competition: Teaching Kids to be Gracious Winners and Good Sport Losers

Competitive Sports

Dear Dr. Rene, What are your thoughts on organized sports starting for kids as early as four years old? My kids seem to enjoy it most of the time, but have a hard time with the competition and have difficulty understanding the rules. Am I setting them up for failure starting too early? From Confused! … Continue reading Competitive Sports