When Kids Start Playing To Win

NPR:

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

It’s a playful word that’s developed something of a bad reputation: “competition.” The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn’t just hard. It’s devastating.

To explain what competition means to the average 5-year-old, I’m going to invoke an adult known for his ferocity on the playing field, a titan of competition: Vince Lombardi. The football legend and former coach of the Green Bay Packers didn’t just win the Super Bowl; he won thefirst Super Bowl. And then he won the second one.

Lombardi once said: “Winning isn’t everything, but it’s the only thing. In our business, there is no second place.”

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