Participating in any competition is a great opportunity for children to challenge their skills and learn beyond what they already know. Competitions allow them to showcase their abilities to a wider audience, which is a great self-confidence booster; a much-needed skill for lifelong success. Interschool Quizzes, International Olympiads, Sports tournaments, Spelling Bee, Art Competitions, Mental Math Competitions are a few examples of platforms that give children a chance to compete with their peers and evolve into the best version of themselves.
How does healthy competition benefit your child?
Competitions require tremendous practice and self-discipline. Children learn to manage their time effectively, consistently focus on getting better and become responsible towards learning. Some students take extra classes, and some join an after school program for improving the skills that will allow them to compete better.
- The biggest advantage of participating in a competition is that it allows children to measure their abilities against others. This introduces them to their strengths & weaknesses, and encourages them to develop higher standards of performance.
- Competitions like science olympiads, mental math competitions, quizzes etc. are a great way to mitigate the fear of science and math in children. They practice long hours on the subjects that are challenging and participate fully prepared. It gives them a sense of self-confidence and boosts their self-esteem.
- When children participate in competitions, they experience the real-world challenges. They understand the value of competition to move ahead in life. Whether they are in college or a trying for a job, some sort of competition is always present, and kids will get a good start from their childhood to challenge their own abilities.
Life is really competitive for those thriving to become successful. As children progress in life, they will encounter challenges and one of them will be to compete with someone better than them. Instead of giving into fear, they can become focused and perform better if they have practiced competing with the best since a young age.
Parents should always encourage their children to participate in various competitions. Competitions teach children to overcome failure, make strategies, become self-disciplined, develop perseverance, and always striving to become better.
UCMAS, the global leader in Abacus and mental math education, conducts mental math competitions at provincial, national and international levels. These competitions are organized in a grand manner for children to showcase their mental skills. Participating students and winners are rewarded like certificates, medals, trophies and prizes.
On 2nd June 2019, you can watch the 14th edition of UCMAS National Competition ‘LIVE’ on Facebook page of UCMAS Canada (www.facebook.com/ucmascanada)