My 5 year old always gets first. I don't want to hold him back and keep him from doing his best but I believe there is a lot to be learned from not being first all of the time.
He placed second in the science fair. He is bummed but I love the opportunity it gives him to grow as a person and learn how to be happy for the one who did get first. There were only 3 kindergarteners so second is right in the middle lol.
Is it terrible that I'm happy he has this experience as well? Physical ability is his weakness, academics his strength. Since everything he has done competetively so far has been academic while sports have the "everybody wins" theory he's just not used to losing.
I don't know I just feel the second place ribbon (or even a third) is far better for him than that first would have been. And I'm happy the two little girls who did the first place project together had a chance to shine. They worked hard and they deserve it :)
Is that terrible?