You know that saying kids learn in preschool or kindergarten?
"You get what you get and you don't throw a fit."
It's cute and useful for when kids get a flavor cupcake they don't want or a pencil that isn't their favorite color.
But honestly, we wouldn't be where we are today as a country if we listened to that. We would have accepted British rule without complaint and been compliant. Instead we kicked their butts to the curb.
Women wouldn't be able to vote, slaves not free.
So, I've decided I don't agree with teaching our kids this. Forget all this "getting along, don't rock the boat, don't express yourself."
Instead I say stand up for what you believe in.
Dare to be different.
I see this a lot. In sports especially, where we aren't supposed to keep score. Or focus on winning. I agree the kids should focus on having fun, but winning is ok too. And teaching them about losing. Because it happens to everyone. And it's OK.
Any good ideas?