NFL star DeAngelo Williams has over 9 million views and 150,000 shares of a video he posted on his official Facebook page this week.
The video explains why he returned his daughters participation ribbon at her recent sports carnival.
Participation is fun in the moment, but the rewards are limited to the effort required to achieve.
Who wants their child to strive towards participation, when they can win?
Admittedly there is a real chance they’ll fail – but it’s a fundamental life lesson that develops the person – not an entitled product of parental management.
What kind of child do you have?
A participant or a kid that strives to do their best…?
I know which one I’ll be encouraging my kids to be.