I have an 8 almost 9 year old nephew who constantly tries to determine who wins any activity and also to show that everything he does is good, or the best, the fastest, etc. For a little while, it seems like "normal" competition, but it gets irritating as he insists on a winner for everything and he tries to win everything
Hi. Competition can be good for children if it helps them develop a healthy understanding of their own abilities and teaches them how to work with a group. However, competition is also about winning and losing. Some preschool children may find competitions hard to understand because they are not developmentally mature to handle these situations.
Trying to figure out what is motivating a child to be so competitive may help a parent determine whether the behavior is over the top or not. For example, if your nephew’s competitiveness causes him to take unsafe risks or physical injury in order to get attention and avoid humiliation, then it is a problem. Encouraging situations where learn the ethics of competition and appreciate the efforts of his team may help prepare a child for pressures and challenges. Unless your nephew becomes hostile, it might be best that you bring him to a child psychologist or behavioral therapist for evaluation and advice. Hope this helps.
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