Let kids be competitive instead of yielding to others

2013-01-23T00:00:00Z Let kids be competitive instead of yielding to others nwitimes.com
January 23, 2013 12:00 am

I watched my three grandsons' soccer team play against a traveling team. The players are 10 years and younger. Within the first 15 minutes, our team scored four goals.

Because they didn't want to hurt the other team's feelings, the game proceeded with the opposing team using seven players against our five.

Again, our team scored two goals. The traveling team then scored two goals. Our coach told our forwards to pass the ball to the other team and had our defense back off.

What is this teaching our kids? How are they going to learn how to deal with success, failure or disappointment? We're raising sniveling, whiny children with no backbone. As they grow older and things don't go their way, they won't know how to handle different situations.

It's time we let kids be kids and stop trying to neuter them.

- Anita Scalone, Lowell

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