ABC – Adversity – Builds – Character: Parents, don’t underestimate your children. Give them something to strive for, make them feel that they could succeed with a little more effort – make them want to win! When you have that family game night, talk a little trash, make them mad. I have a doctorate degree and I NEVER let my kids win at scrabble, but they NEVER stop trying.
Here is the Caveat: Sometimes you can do everything right and not win. So remember, it’s not about actually winning; it’s about developing a winning attitude.
I was the principal of a K-5 economically at risk school. When I took over in April of 1993, the outgoing principal informed me that they have a 5th grade/faculty softball game every year and “we always let them win because THEY don’t have many successes in life” – WHAT – NOT THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!! I held a meeting with the faculty and the 5th graders and made it known that from here on in “We play to Win.” We “whipped” them, but they played soooooo hard!!!!!