A Parent’s Guide on Teaching the Kids about Winning and Losing


Winning and losing is the part of everyone’s life. Nobody could escape it and nothing could be gained by showing some negative behavior if you lose or win. Hence, a small parent guide for teaching kids is given below:

As an adult, it is easy for you to understand, however, you may not find your young kid on the same page when it comes to dealing with the winning and losing. It could give you a headache and could harm yours as well as your child’s social image. Keeping the seriousness of this thing in mind, here we will try to give you some tips on teaching the kids about winning and losing.

Boost your kid’s confidence

Some children think themselves as incompetent or inferior if they lose a game. This type of behavior could hurt your kid’s academics as well as professional life.

The best you can do for your kid is to make him or her believe that he or she is good at that game or task. You have to tell him or her that loss does not describe your strengths and winning and losing is the part of life.

Tell the child to learn from the loss

All the successful people have a story behind them where they found themselves losing something. However, the thing that makes them different is they did not give up.

They tried to learn from the mistakes they made. They focused on working on their strengths accordingly and ultimately achieved success. You should tell your child to take inspiration from those people.

Ask them to say no to gloating

Gloating is very common among the young kids. Dwelling on the own’s success and taunting others on their loss is called gloating. You need to teach your child to be a gentleman.

You could encourage your kid to celebrate the success with all the teammates. Moreover, you should ask them to shake hands with the opponents after the game.

You should be by your kid’s side most of the time when they compete with their peers. You should try to instill positive aggression in them and should tell them how negative behavior and mindset could decrease his or her chances of winning.

Do not let your child fall for gender based roles

In our present day society, gender biased emotions are common. For example, it is okay for a girl to cry in front of a class, but if a boy does the same thing people start judging. Hence, the problem is about the mindset of the parents who teach their kids about what they should do based on their genders.

Another example that comes to my mind is about gifting. All barbie dolls are gifted to girls , but guys are given masculine gifts such as racing cars , robots and other fighting gadgets. Hence, parents need to understand what a child should understand about the gender based roles.

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This article is written by one of our academic writing helper from Australia. The author is a child psychology major and researching about the impact of environment surrounding on the child behaviour.

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