This summer, Amelia learned many things. She learned to be away from her parents everyday, swim, play sports, and make friends. She also learned to lose and while it’s no fun watching your kid loose I am really glad she got to have that experience at a fun place like camp.
Her camp has an event called the “Color Olympics”. She was on the white Minnie Mouse team… obviously. For 2 days, they competed and on the third day the winner was announced. Amelia was so excited and wouldn’t stop cheering for her team. On the third day, the winner was announced and it was not the white Minnie Mouse team!
I am very competitive so when she told me she was upset because she didn’t win I totally understood. My gut wanted to go back in time and find away for her to win because who doesn’t want their kid to win at everything? Kids should never have to experience losing… especially not mine!
Then The Husband, reminded me that teaching your child to lose gracefully is an important life skill. No one wins all the time and while losing is no fun it’s part of life. We reminded her how much fun she had at the Olympics and eventually we all decided that the experience was so awesome that it didn’t matter that she lost.
She is still obsessed with winning and whenever she plays pretend it usually involves her winning but I am happy that her first experience losing was a learning win!