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A. Chantelle Cornet ENG102-04-OLC-1819-2 - English Composition II 8/27/18 In the article “How Participation Trophies Are Making Our Kids Soft,” Evan Grossman implies that children are becoming lazy, un-motived, and unproductive parts of society while being rewarded for doing nothing. They also tend to end up with attitudes of inflated self-esteem and have a risk of becoming bullies. When real life happens and let downs occur, the children are not prepared or equipped to handle these let downs. Grossman shows evidence from doctors, other authors and studies to prove that when we reward children for mundane things it can have a negative impact them in the long run. Grossman even suggests that parents are a big part of the problem; “Parents are amongst the biggest culprits…” Grossmans encourages us to go get in touch with our children instead of rewarding them just for the sake of breathing. While reading this article I found myself agreeing with Grossman readily; children have become un- motived, lazy and unproductive while expecting to be rewarded for being mediocre; they are at risk of becoming bullies due to their inflated egos; when real life happens they will be ill prepared to deal with the let downs that life may bring and the parents are to blame for much of his. Children have come to expect rewards for just showing up or doing mediocre things. This has produced a mindset that mediocre is good enough and there is no need to strive for something beter. Wouldn’t that be the same as saying, “if you can’t read, write or do math at the appropriate grade level, that’s ok, we’ll just lower the standards.”? How is that okay?! Shouldn’t we as parents and society be teaching our
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