Do participation trophies do good? 9NEWS panel weighs in

KUSA – As a child and family psychologist, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler has seen a lot of situations involving a child's confidence.

For some kids, winning an award or a trophy can boost that confidence. But Ziegler says: not so fast. Teams and sports that give participation awards to every child may be doing children a disservice.

"The truth is that we have a new generation of kids who are entitled and who expect a lot of things without a lot of work," she said.

The issue of participation trophies was a hot one, this week, as NFL linebacker James Harrison posted his son's sports participation trophies on social media, saying that he doesn't endorse the idea of getting a trophy for trying your best "because sometimes your best isn't good enough."

Ziegler also had a psychological perspective on cheating spouses who had their information made public this week after a website to help them have affairs was hacked.

Comedian Stephanie McHugh also offers a humorous perspective on a dad who narrowly missed dropping his toddler in hopes of catching a baseball.

"He needs a participation award for trying," smiled McHugh.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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