Q: How do I raise a gracious loser?
A: Children learn so much by imitation!  Modeling appropriate behavior is definitely the key.  It can be very hard to teach a young child how to be gracious when they lose.  In fact, most adults I know do not handle losing with grace.  But you can show your child how to take a loss in stride and how not to make it into a huge drama by behaving that way yourself.  Play games with your child regularly and don’t always let him or her win.  Lose graciously (and win graciously) and then allow them a turn to do the same.  Emphasize the fun in the experience of the game, instead of winning versus losing, and in how to think about ways to improve after a loss or failure.

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Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.