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The Benefits Of Competition Between Children

Sometimes in children's games or competitions parents try to make sure that “friendship wins.” But do our children need this? We believe that children should know how to compete from an early age. Let us tell you how children benefit from competition.

Confidence in one’s own abilities. When a child tries to compete with someone, what does it mean? It means that they compare their skills, abilities, strength, dexterity, and intelligence with those of other children, evaluate themselves in the context of someone else. And it helps them understand what they are worth, whether they are capable of a leap or whether they need more pushing. When a child competes and wins, it boosts their self-confidence. When they lose, their confidence lowers, and this is also important, because you need to let the child know that they are valuable in their own right, out of competition, and that they can develop the right qualities and win in the competitive race.

Finding unconventional solutions. When children are competing, it is often the workarounds, unconventional solutions that can help them win. If a child develops this quality, he or she can make it their strength. This means that in most spheres of life they will be more successful: beating competitors at a job interview, building strong relationships, and getting a promotion.

The feeling of victory. It is a pleasant feeling that is associated with self-confidence. It shows the horizons that can still be achieved. It inspires children to achieve more and more. Where, if not in competition, will a child get a taste of victory?

The feeling of defeat. It is just as valuable as the feeling of victory. You need to understand and acknowledge your failures in order to know what to work on next. It is a kind of diagnosis of life, skills, abilities, and knowledge, which helps one to be fully armed. And when a child goes through defeat, he or she remembers the feeling so that they can try to avoid it.

Gambling and perseverance. Winning fuels excitement. The feeling of winning in a fair competition, realizing that this time they were the best, the next time they will want the same. And the preparation for the next competition can be even more serious, higher, and deeper. And it is worth it.

A taste for adulthood. If a child gets used to healthy competition with friends or classmates from childhood, in adulthood it becomes commonplace and does not bring discomfort. This means that for an adult competition will be even more successful.

But you can compete successfully only if you have the right skills. That's why it's important to teach children to read and learn more than other children do, to improve their skills where others do nothing, to broaden their horizons, and to develop a harmonious personality. It is necessary to teach to cope with defeats, not to give up, and always support your children!