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.
With all the recent excitement around the Commonwealth Games, This Is The Moment. (Shout-out to all the 90’s kids who learnt that song at school and got super excited about New Zealand hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1990. Click here if you want to go back in time, feel really old and give your kids something fresh to laugh about.) Sorry, I got distracted with nostalgia. Where was I? Yes, watching our top athletes compete on the international field provides 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.