“The will to prepare to win is more important than the will to win.” –Bob Knight
I write this quote because I am building my defense…..I hate to lose…..even to my children.
Ryan gets a Highlights magazine once a month. We enjoy reading each issue and playing the activities inside together. It is a really great magazine and one that I enjoyed as a kid. A feature that we particularly enjoy is finding hidden items within a bigger picture. The items are on the left page, and the bigger picture to search for the items is on the right.
Ryan and I make it a contest to try and find each item first. Ryan is pretty smart….so he will take the time to try and “quick-find” the item, name it aloud, and then say “I found it” before I even get my eyeballs to move from left to right. So….he’s pretty clever.
Today, Ryan left the magazine on the floor. I went to the picture page and memorized where each item is located. I can’t wait to play this game next so I can beat him.
We compete like this in many of the games that we play. Some people may not like this, but I want Ryan to learn how to compete. The fact he is already learning the angles of games to give himself an edge indicates it is important to him. I don’t want him to cheat and break rules necessarily, but I want him to learn about working hard and doing his best. We talk about hustling all the time, hustle can make up for a lot of shortcomings.
I would love to hear your thoughts about your competitions with your children. Have a great day!
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