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Playing Fair

Aleks NearingHi, I’m Aleks Nearing from Produce for Kids Parents on Produce board. Next week on Monday, “Clifford” and “The Cat in the Hat” both feature episodes that address fair play and respect. These are important qualities to model and teach your children so that they can enjoy the benefits of group activities. But what do you do if your kids are having difficulty adjusting to group dynamics? Here are some ideas that will help you talk to your children about fair play.
Soccer team

Open a dialogue with your child and ask them what fair play means to them. If they come up short on ideas, ask them if fair play means:

  • Sharing—like passing the ball and giving everyone a turn
  • Caring—like cheering for your friends to do well, and using kind words when they need cheering up
  • Honesty—not saying you were “safe” if you weren’t and giving credit to your teammates when they do something well
  • Respect—listening to your coach and teammates and not saying mean things to one another

Most important, make sure that you model good behavior, because you’re the best example your children can have. Don’t compare children to one another, but recognize and celebrate each child’s achievements. Before you know it, your kids will be model “good sports.”

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