Competition - the word has different meanings for different people, especially parents. While some vouch for its merits and encourage it in their tots and teens, others strongly advocate against it and brand it as detrimental to a child’s development. While the supporters say that being competitive can boost a child’s performance and confidence, the detractors feel that competition can put undue pressure on children and instil a sense of fear in young minds. In the face of such diverse opinions, we start with defining what ‘competitive spirit’ means.
The great Muhammad Ali once rightly said, “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision.” These traits, whether a child is born with them or learns them as he grows, can be developed with the support of parents. They equip a child to compete, and eventually, to succeed in life.