In a previous article, we covered the importance and potential problems of competition, especially as it pertains to younger athletes. And no matter which side of the debate you are on, there is an underlying air that competition, at a certain level is almost always a good thing.
In addition to teaching kids that the world is a competitive place, it fosters the idea that there are times at which to compete and times at which cooperation is needed. In some ways, healthy competition is a dichotomy, but one that teaches valuable lessons.
What this all means
In short, competition is something that can be dissected in many ways, but the conclusion is always the same. Competition is a necessary part of life, but there are healthy and unhealthy was in which to engage in competition. Take for example, youth sports.
Children are working together to achieve a common goal, but doing so against another group of children. What this creates is a way in which to gauge the world around, in that competition is necessary, but competing in a healthy manner. However, when competition gets too heated or people lose sight of the overall goal of becoming a closer-knit community, it is time to take a step back.
Competition is good and bad, depending on how you look at it. The way to instill the best values in children while also realizing that the overall goal is a better understanding of others is to engage in healthy competition without putting too much pressure on young minds.