How to Tell If Your Child Is Too Competitive
3. She Acts Out
With younger children, this may mean talking back, throwing a temper tantrum or shutting down. For older children, it could
manifest as getting inordinately upset or making up excuses for losing. Not only is acting out unhealthy, it also risks alienating
others, and it teaches the wrong lesson.
What to do about it: Your child needs to learn how to lose. Talk about what it means to be a gracious loser and, although it may pain you, practice what you preach. Case in point: Maybe you go all-out when you play checkers or you give her increasingly difficult math problems until she’s stumped. When she starts to act out, don’t give in. Work with her until she learns to control herself. Remember that it’s better that you’re the one dealing with this side of your child than someone else.