Bryan Smith - Boys Town Press Author
hug each other after the game was over. I am so fortunate my son learned this valuable lesson just as the school year is about to start. So many times things become a competition in school. Whether it’s a simple spelling game or who’s first in line, kids feel they need to win.
We as adults need to remember that these situations open up the door for a great conversation on sportsmanship, manners and social skills. Our goal should be to encourage children to always have a winning attitude but in the end, understand winning really isn’t everything.
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For a great story that provides opportunities to discuss this topic with your students or children, check out my latest book, If Winning Isn’t Everything, Why Do I HATE to Lose?, from the Boys Town Press.
This summer my family enjoyed watching the Women’s World Cup. As the games went on, more and more questions came from my son. One stood out. “Dad, what’s a yellow card?” I was able to explain to him that a player is given a yellow card when they do something that is not allowed (push someone, trip someone, etc.). I told him it’s kind of like cheating to help your team win.
What a great opportunity to talk about sportsmanship, and how it’s more important than winning. Soon after that, my son was pointing out when people were helping other players up when they fell down, and even how sometimes opposing teams would