Give everyone a trophy

I think all kids should get a trophy. Why not? If spending another few bucks makes a kid’s day and enhances their experience, I’m all for it.

But what about real-life? Everyone doesn’t get a trophy in real-life. Sure, they do. Right now, your boss is trying to figure out a way to give everyone something other than their regular paycheck for the holidays.

It may take the form of a check, a gift card or something else. Nevertheless, you will probably get something from your employer you did not earn over the next couple of weeks. And that’s OK.

There is nothing wrong with making people feel wanted, respected, appreciated and loved. This includes kids.

Take it from a person who has purchased his share of trophies. Awards are not a matter of merit as much as they are a matter of budget – especially on the youth level.

If your kid is in a tournament that only gives awards to the top three places, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts it’s because the director didn’t want to spring for another two or more trophies.

Here’s another thing I’ve learned: You can give kids the speech about competition being better at one meet versus the next, but kids love going to contests that give the biggest and coolest-looking trophies.

Motivation is where you find it.

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