Is this true or not?

After my last post I thought I’d open up another line of debate amongst us Early Years Practitioners and Professionals.

One of my colleagues showed me this article from a recent edition of The Times which has heard from a Senior Church of Scotland Cleric who states that children now are totally unable to accept failure because parents and society has taken away the concept of losing and has “coddled” them. Do you think this is true?

Coddled Children
Copyright The Times Newspapers

3 Comments on “Is this true or not?

  1. I personally feel we need to teach children that it is ok to fail, and that failure should not stop us trying again and again, As practitioners we are there to support them and help them deal with the feelings and encourage them to keep going. I feel we have in the past been asked to over protect but feel now this is not the case.

  2. I am hoping that things are starting to change for the better at last. When i was young, at sports days we would have first, second and third rossettes. Now nobody wins and they all get prizes. We cant have easter hat competitions with one winner. It is getting ridiculous. How does this build up resilience? These children learn nothing and do not experience the disappointment that they will do when they are older. An employer will not offer them a prize for being turned down for a job. It isnt preparing them with life skills for the future.

  3. It is bizarre that no one wins races at sports day anymore. We celebrate academic achievement far more than sport in schools and the irony is that you need health and fitness far more than an ‘A’ in an exam.

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