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In Defense of Participation Trophies

Richard Greenberg | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

When you're nine years old, it's probable that your best isn't going to be good enough. Maybe when you're that age the functions associated with being on a team, learning to accept that other people play before you and that you're not cut out to be an athlete may actually be your best.

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

How Losing Helps You Win

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

One strategy to overcome the Trophy Industrial Complex is to encourage healthy competition. This is not an oxymoron. Competition can bring out the best in both children and adults.

Somebody Give This Kid a Trophy

Amy Arndt | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Amy Arndt

My daughter's analysis of her meager trophy collection made me think. Should we encourage her more? Are the kids with more after-school activities better off? Even though I personally think trophies are cheesy, is there a correlation between awards and self-esteem?

Why Giving Everyone a Trophy Sets Us Up for Failure at Work and in Life

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

We need to be able to tell people the truth, be they colleagues or kids. Building self-esteem isn't about pretending that people are winners at everything. It's about providing people with the internal fortitude to rebound when they fail. It's about nurturing their souls and developing their character.

Drake Goes Hard For 'Trophies'

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 12.30.2013 | Entertainment

Drake dropped some new music over the weekend, introducing fans to his track "Trophies" on Sunday night, one day after debuting a remix to Soulja Boy'...

Dan Patrick Is Upset That Everyone Gets a Trophy. So What's the Big Deal?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.24.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

I don't think the tenth place trophy makes kids feel especially good about themselves, or disincentivizes trying harder. Either they care about losing or they don't.

The Trophy Debate: A Dissent

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

When the trophy becomes more important than the activity itself, when children are uninterested in improving their skills, or when a child believes that just showing up is good enough, these attitudes also have deeper causes.

How to Stop Stealing a Kid's Ambition (Part 1)

Tim Elmore | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

When a child gets to swing at a ball until he hits it (there are no strike outs), when coaches decide not to keep score (there are no losers), and when everyone gets the same award in the end (we are all equal), it can begin to de-motivate kids.

New Twist On An Old Trend

Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Brie Dyas

Etsy photo by Cardboard Safari In Random Recast, I find new ways to look at the ordinary things in our lives. This week, it's all about cardboard. ...