For a long time, it has been debated whether competitions are healthy for children’s growth or not. There have always been two sides to that answer; some parents believe that to grow in this competitive world, competition facilitates their children’s growth by making them learn skills such as emotional learning, effective communication, and working with others cohesively. On the other hand, some parents believe that given the losses in competitions, it could negatively affect children’s confidence in themselves. Let’s discuss why competitions are important for children.
- Competitions can be a great source of learning for children, provided the children aren’t instilled with the mentality of winning at all costs. Suppose the children are told beforehand that the process and challenges of the competition are something to focus on. In that case, their internal motivation will increase, enabling them to perform effectively in the competition. However, suppose a child is missing out on learning the lessons within the competition. In that case, it is the teacher or parent’s responsibility to remind them how to take on the challenges.
- Competition needs to be healthy for children to learn. In healthy competition, children are inclined to perform up to their potential. They can carry out activities they wouldn’t normally do. Children can learn new skills by themselves or through their teammates, which ultimately help them in their future.
- Competition can also be a great teacher as it teaches children that it’s okay to fail because through failure they can learn. However, for children to learn, the competition must remain healthy, since then even if a child fails, they won’t be demotivated but would rather learn.