Famous High School Basketball Coach Morgan Wootten once said; "You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going."
That's the lesson Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison taught his two young sons this week when he sent back participation trophies his sons received.
On his Instagram account, Harrison said; "I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."
His actions lit up social media and there are those who disagree with him. Folks, we got to toughen things up a little bit. I totally agree with what James Harrison did.
In my generation, we weren't given participation trophies in little league football. We got a pizza party,and they gave out awards for best defensive play, longest pass, and the team leader award.
I didn't win any of those awards and you know what? It didn't scar me for life or depress me. It made me work harder and realize I was more into music than I was playing football. My father was my hero and he taught me that there are winners and there are losers and we sometimes we have to know how to lose to be better winners.
The "participation trophy era" is here, and when life deals this young generation a losing blow, they're not going to know how to deal with it because we clap, and praise and give trophies for just "showing up."
Don't get me wrong, encouragement and support are so important and it's our job as parents. We need to praise our children for always doing their best but we need teach them that even though they did their best, it's still possible to lose. That's how the real world works and we need to prepare them for that.
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