I know someone who adamantly objects to â€śparticipationâ€ť ribbons or prizes. When the kids came home with such mementos, they would be told thatâ€™s nice but you need to try harder next time so you can get the real thing, it only counts if you win. The parentâ€™s reasoning was that if the kid was â€śrewardedâ€ť for not winning, he/she would fail to thrive, compete and win in the real world as an adult.I know with younger children the general rule of thumb is to structure games as â€śno winner.â€ť What do you think about this? Encourage participation no matter what the outcome, or discourage such practices in favor of fostering a more competitive ladder-climbing attitude? And, at what age to stop participation and start competition?