Are Participation Trophies Good or Bad for Kids? [POLL]
Holy moly...read a few Facebook posts and you'd think participation trophies are bringing the apocalypse. Are they?
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has renewed the debate over whether we're coddling our children when he posted a photo on Instagram, declaring he was taking away his children's participation trophies, along with an explanation.
Harrison knows a thing or two about not simply being handed anything. As an undrafted player, he had to fight and earn his way into the NFL.
Harrison is not alone in his thinking. Jim Vance, an anchor with NBC in Washington, D.C., called giving a participation trophy "child abuse":
Still, there's a school of thought that says kids deserve to be recognized simply for trying. The idea is that these are kids and the focus should be on giving it their all and having fun. Or, even, that it's just not that big a deal, that what parents do once the kids get the trophies is the problem, not the trophies.