No matter what sport you play, it is important to value sportsmanship. Of course, it is important to teach your kids how to be good sports.
Youth Sportsmanship Behavior
So, it is important that we teach our kids how to play fair. In the first place, no one likes to lose. However, it is important that a child understands the importance of winning and losing.
As kids, many think if they play a game, they should win. But, that isn’t right. Indeed, things aren’t black and white. In the same way, it is important that we teach children how to have fun. And, at the same time winning or losing doesn’t mean you’re bad at an activity or game.
With this in mind, let’s discuss how we can teach our youth to lose gracefully. Moreover, get your kids involved in forging relationships with their peers. As kids become more comfortable in social situations, they are able to lose gracefully.
Youth’s Express Themselves
While many kids have a tantrum fit when they lose, it is important to calmly let your kid know how to express themselves. For example, you can take a ball or game away from your child when they behave poorly. When you remove something from your child, let them know the reason you did this.
Also, it is important to let your child know they did a good job at playing a game. Although they may have lost, let them know what they accomplished. By setting an example, you’re letting your child see what they accomplished. And hopefully, they are learning from this example.
Another tip is to play a game with your kids and if you lose, “Thank them” for a good game.
It is important to let our youth know about the goal of winning and losing in a game. Although they may be on the losing team, ask them if they had fun. The most important aspect is to teach our youth that it is important to have fun in a game or contest. It isn’t always about winning, but how you play the game.
By setting boundaries, you’re in control. In conclusion, let’s help our youth develop good sportsmanship habits.
As always, I welcome your comments.