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Among children, especially boys, there is a lot of rivalry in sports, many of the confrontations that children have are due to an accidental push, a bad word, a bad losing or an inappropriate humiliation. Surely it responds to a primitive instinct to be the strongest, the most skilled, the one who commands the most, in short, the dominant or the leader in a group.
Normally, this rivalry begins already at home with the brothers. This competitiveness is a good way to learn to assert yourself, of demanding rights, of learning to deal with unpleasant aspects and conflicts, but it is undesirable when it goes too far and ends up not being able to share anything, only remaining above it like oil on water.
The competition is not badSome consider monopoly impulses or absolute powers to stop, but in children, especially those under four or five years of age, it should not be strengthened since, in the long run, they can lead to isolation or misunderstanding. Competition enhances individualism and not the collaboration that is expected between fellow players.
Surely you have seen how some little ones, who do not want to share their ball when it is others and not him who have scored the winning goal; they cry or kick out expressing their frustration at poor participation, humiliate others when they win, and get overly angry when they lose. They prefer to be alone than to be able to lose their winning or superior status for possession. This win-or-lose vision produces great stress and anxiety in young children.Some, who tend to lose, can become demoralized and, consequently, refuse to practice sports and others, on the contrary, can 'self-exalt', generating envy or enmity among their colleagues.
In the beginning, for the little ones, we should start with team sports that have certain common guidelines and objectives that encourage cooperation between all participants such as passing the ball, relay races, etc. Later, they will be prepared to face a competition in a healthy way in which individually and with respect for the opponent they begin to set goals, to follow rules, to make decisions and to excel. For children it is very important to learn to make friends and relate to their peers without having to constantly pulse for their physical superiority.
Patro Gabaldon. Copywriter
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