Experiencing Failure: An Unavoidable Part of Life

It seems as though kids today are growing up with the expectation of always succeeding. This is not a bad attitude to have at all, in fact I think it is a good thing. These kids don’t accept failure, but do it the wrong way. Instead of failing and looking for ways to improve themselves, they look for who to point the finger at. If they didn’t score well on a test, then the test must have been way too difficult.

A post from Kitchen Table Chats with a Catholic Matriarch made me realize this was happening. Her post titled, “The Participation Trophy Generation”, explains this situation quite well. While I found the title to be absolutely genius and really witty, the post also got across the message that I spoke of above. Kids today want the success, but don’t want to work for it. Perhaps they have been given false “success”, like participation trophies, before when they might not have deserved it.

What do think about the “participation trophy generation” concept? Do you agree that children today are too coddled when growing up?