What Would Mrs. D Say?

Dear Mrs. Doherty Unleashed,

I recently volunteered at my son’s field day and I was totally disgusted. What happened to the best competition in elementary school?  Things are different now.  It’s depressing.  There are no winners, no losers, no ribbons.  All the kids run around aimlessly putting 50% effort into whatever event they are assigned. There is no enthusiasm or passion.  When I think about it, their lack of excitement actually makes sense.  Why would they exert themselves when they are ALL called winners in the end?  What are we teaching our kids?  I’d love to hear your opinion on the subject.

Thanks so much,

Bring back the ribbons

field day ribbons


Dear Bring Back the Ribbons,

Wow!  I couldn’t agree with you more.  Competition is healthy. It challenges us to take risks.  Everybody has strengths and weaknesses.  Maybe you are musician but terrible at math. Maybe you are an artist but you have no clue how to kick a soccer ball.  Perhaps you are annoying as shit but you have a keen ability to bring a boring party to life.  Whatever. The point is, everybody has their moment to shine and the sooner kids learn this, the better.  Learning how to lose gracefully is an important life skill that builds character.  It starts with field day.  Yes indeed.  I agree, we need to bring back the ribbons.

Mrs. D


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5 thoughts on “What Would Mrs. D Say?

  1. Couldn’t agree more! I say it all the time. It goes along with the idea of how parents don’t keep it real with their kids, they tell them they did a great job no matter what, blah blah blah. Drives me nuts. I’m all for positive reinforcement, and nobody loves and supports their kids more than me, but if my kid needs some constructive criticism to help them succeed, they will always get it from this mommy. The world isn’t made out of marshmallows and lollipops – and as a parents it’s my job to prepare them for that. As for field day – I’m with you, a little competition is healthy!!

  2. Well said. Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Everybody can’t have the one with caramel in the middle.Ya know what I mean?

  3. Wait till they get into the business world and they all think they deserve a promotion and a raise. “It’s not fair he gets one and I don’t!” It’s our fault they think that way. Bring back the 1st, 2nd, third place ribbons!

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