I am not in any way shape or form a sugar coating kind of mom. My 8 year old is running for Student Council, I am really proud of him. He keeps asking me if I think he will win? I said, I have no idea, but I am really proud you are doing it.
This is a new school for him, most of the kids have known each other forever, I doubt he will win, and it really doesn't matter to me if he does, just happy he is putting it out there.
My girlfriend told me that I am ridiculous for allowing him to most likely fail, and that I should only encourage him if I really thought he could win!
I told her everyone fails, part of life, she said that I am "setting him up" to fail?
Agree or not?
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Answer by missanc at 2:43 PM on Nov. 6, 2013
Even if you were, wouldn't it be better for him to learn that life doesn't end when something doesn't go right while he is young, instead of when he is a young adult and his world crumbles because he's never had to deal with disappointment before?
My DS campaigned to be on student council and he didn't win. He was disappointed, and yet he was still able to move on. The 'everybody gets a trophy' theory has done far more damage to our youth than friendly competition.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:43 PM on Nov. 6, 2013
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