after working with numerous groups of children i have noticed a pattern- we are failing our children. they do not have the tools to be able to cope with life. the kids i’ve worked with do not how to lose. we give kids awards for everything, and granted their work should be praised. but we need to teach them that it’s okay to lose, and that losing is a part of being a winner. you have to lose to figure out how to win in the future. you have to learn to be a team sport, so that if things don’t work out, you still can play in the future. and i’m not talking about just games- i’m talking about jobs, spots for college, and everything in general. you have to be able to keep pushing. and we have to raise our children that they are winners at heart. losing once doesn’t make you a loser, it just means you lost. so next time you see a kid crying because they lost, let them know that it’s okay and they just have to work differently next time!