Sit your daughter down and explain to her that when she joins in any kind of game, sometimes she’ll win and sometimes she’ll lose. This is not an easy concept to grasp at her age, but it’s never too early to start teaching sportsmanship to your child. If she is not ready to risk losing, then explain to her that she cannot join the game but that she can observe while others are playing. Tell her you’ll readily let her join when she’s ready to win or lose.
Sources:Rachel Arguelles, head teacher at the Greenhills Learning Center in San Juan;Abelardo Apollo I. David, Jr., occupational therapist and executive director of the Independent Living and Learning Center;Ropheme Meniola, M.A. in counseling and minor in family and child psychology, Ateneo de Manila;Romela Rubio, psychologist; SMART PARENTING ( July, August, September, and October 2003; June , July, August, October, November 2004;April 2005)