Children and Sports – Keeping Score

I believe the current trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good.  Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score plays a major role in teaching these lessons.

  • Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work.  If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away any incentive to put forth their best effort.
  • Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose.  It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field than as an adult in the work force.
  • Children also need to learn how to win.  Personality goes a long way in the world.  If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around.  You must learn to be a gracious winner.

 

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Attitude Is Your Paintbrush by James Moore

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I agree with the author’s premise.  There are many situations we cannot change in our life.  However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.

The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events.  Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes:  gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.