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How to Console a Child Who Has Not Won a Prize

Children often enjoy competing in games, contests, sporting events, etc and sometimes there is a prize they really want to win. However, not ...

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Console a Child Who Has Not Won a Prize



Children often enjoy competing in games, contests, sporting events, etc and sometimes there is a prize they really want to win. However, not everybody can win at once, and it can be very upsetting to a child when the inevitable time comes that they aren't the winner. Although it may seem impossible, there are ways to make them feel better about it.

edit Steps

  1. 1
    Congratulate your child for competing in the first place. Tell them that you're impressed at how well they tried.
  2. 2
    Encourage them to congratulate the winner. Remind them that whoever won is as happy about it as they would have been.
  3. 3
    Reward them in some other way; take them out for ice cream, to see a movie, etc. While you don't want to spoil them, rewarding them for competing can be an effective way to show them that you still think they're a winner.
  4. 4
    If they are still very upset about it or are acting like a sore loser, listen to what they have to say. It's possible that they had some big plan for what they were going to do with the prize, or maybe they don't like the person who won.

edit Tips

  • These steps also apply to times when children try out for a team or a play and don't make it.
  • If your child will be competing in similar events in the future, help them figure out what they could do to improve.

edit Warnings

  • Don't trivialize the situation; don't say something like "it's just a game". To a child, that doesn't change the situation.
  • Don't punish your child for being upset or accuse them of being spoiled. Children just want to do well at everything they do.
  • Don't lose sight of the fact that it's not "bad" to lose! Losing teaches many valuable lessons. Everyone can't be a winner every time and children need to learn this!

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