No one likes losing. But everyone has to do it now and then, some more than others.
Last weekend, my husband was working on his never-ending task of cleaning out the garage and he came across the newspaper clippings of his high school varsity softball team’s section championship loss. We reminisced for a moment, recalling how that was one of the most painful losses we’ve both felt. Even though he was the coach, I was definitely feeling his pain. The loss was made more painful by the fact that we’d beat that same team three times during the season!
Like it or not, losing is simply part of life. Your kids need to know this and the best way for them to deal with it is to see you set the example of “good” losing. Hopefully they will follow your lead.
Read about the 9 Rules of Sports Parenting Equiquette for Losing I wrote for Coachup.com earlier this week.