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Winning, losing and cheating - children

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During the primary school years children do a lot of learning about right and wrong. Part of this learning takes place during their games. They make up rules and they learn about winning and losing.

All children find it hard to lose for several years during their childhood, and some children find it very hard to lose for much longer.

Learning to lose is a hard lesson and takes much longer than learning to win! Maybe we don't have to learn to win, but losing is very different and some children need extra support as they learn to manage their feelings in games.

Many children will cheat so that they win for a while, but some children go on cheating, and they may have stresses which keep this behaviour going.

There is more to read on the Raising Children Network website:

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