Are We Raising Whiners or Winners?

My son is only three so I still consider myself a new parent. He is too young to participate in group sports but I am quickly learning that the nature of competitive sports is changing. I've heard that in some leagues all of the children participating receive trophies - both the winners and the losers. I truly believe in building self-esteem but I wonder about the necessity of taking such measures to prevent children from being upset because of a loss. At least, I assume that is the rationale for this type of action. ...more

Frankly, the issue is silly. Kids get participation trophies for playing on a youth team. They ... more