If we’re honest, most of us don’t like losing. Kids are especially un-fond of it, and that’s okay. However, to hate it, dread it or to shy away from joining in because of a fear of losing – well, that’s not what we want for our kids. Most parents want their kids to get stuck in and participate, so some open and honest conversations about winning and losing can really help kids stay on track towards good sportsmanship and joining in for the love of the game.
Whether driving home from Saturday morning sport or watching New Zealand play Australia from the comfort of your couch, there are many great moments to talk to our kids about the big feelings that come hand-in-hand with competition. Feelings like exhilaration, joy and surprise. Feelings like disappointment, sadness and regret.