Are Participation Trophies Good or Bad for Kids? [POLL]
Kids — they’re the future and we need to be careful how we raise them. But are we being too careful?
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has renewed the debate over whether we’re coddling our children when he posted a photo on Instagram, declaring he was taking away his children’s participation trophies, along with an explanation.
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues
Harrison knows a thing or two about not simply being handed anything. As an undrafted player, he had to fight and earn his way into the NFL.
Harrison is not alone in his thinking. Jim Vance, an anchor with NBC in Washington, D.C., called giving a participation trophy “child abuse”:
— Anthony Stampone (@antsstamp10) August 17, 2015
Still, there’s a school of thought that says kids deserve to be recognized simply for trying. The idea is that these are kids and the focus should be on giving it their all and having fun.
So, where do you stand on this issue. Are participation trophies a bad idea or are they harmless ways to congratulate kids on giving a solid effort?