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Why Are First Graders So Competitive?

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Parental pressure

Some parents are aware of impressing a need to succeed on even their young kids, but other parents do it subconsciously. Psychiatrist Carole Lieberman notes, "When [kids] know that one or both parents are chomping on the bit at home, waiting to hear all about how he or she has proven that they're the best, it puts pressure on them to compete at all costs." Check your own attitude and make sure that you're putting the emphasis on trying hard and doing well, not always being the best at everything. "Parents need to recognize their own dog-eat-dog style and try not to foist this on their kids—at least not in first grade," Lieberman warns.
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