raising good sports

In the effort to raise children who will be good sports, and in the frustrating experience of them as bad sports, I have decided, my own desires notwithstanding, it is less important that I win in order that they might be forced to come to grips with losing, than that they win and see me lose gracefully.

How quickly we lose(!) that attitude, and imagine how transformative it might be if we didn’t ….

But not doing what you feel like doing is not a trait encouraged in or by our culture … no matter how transformative it might be.

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One thought on “raising good sports

  1. Not doing what you feel like doing = restraint.
    Doing what you don’t feel like doing = discipline or duty.
    Both were very valued by the “greatest generation,” but got supplanted by “how do you feel?” psychology during mine.

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