James Harrison, a no-nonsense linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was in the news recently, not because of any gridiron heroics but due to his parenting skills.
When Harrison picked up his sons from football camp, they excitedly showed him the shiny trophies that had been awarded to them --- for nothing in particular.
Harrison, a man of achievement and a loving father, feels that it's important to prepare his sons for the real world where sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose but you can't learn what it takes to succeed if you're given shiny trophies just for showing up.
He expressed his feelings by posting his thoughts on Facebook where he explained why he would be telling his kids they would have to give the trophies back.
His parenting style received mixed reviews but I think he's absolutely right and identifies the roots of the problem of a sense of entitlement that many carry with them today.
I say good for him for saying "no" to this perverse form of socialism in sports because the more we reward kids with meaningless worthless trinkets, the more we lose the opportunity to truly motivate them.
Those trophies and scoreless games have simply become symbols for the adults who are leading their children into the world completely unprepared for the realities of sports and life itself.
(Photo credit: Instagram/jhharrison92)
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