Stressing Purpose; Not Performance

Manners in a Minute / Thursday, January 11th, 2018

A few years ago, a story out of Paris shocked the world. A father spiked the water bottles of his teenaged son’s opponents with tranquilizers to give his son an advantage on the tennis court. His son’s opponent died in a car crash when he fell asleep at the wheel following the match.

Extreme example, but every day, thousands of parents across the country push their children to be “Number One” no matter what the cost. Because they overvalue their children’s performance, they lose sight of the purpose behind encouraging children to do their best.

A human development professor notes, “It’s those life lessons—not academic knowledge or recreation skills, but qualities like diligence, perseverance, and responsibility—that will have the greatest effects on their lives.” I agree. Learning life lessons is much more important than coming in first.

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