Participation medals – Yea or nay?

September 9, 2012 | By | Comments (7)

As a friend of mine and I carbo-loaded before the SheRox triathlon a few weeks ago (beer is a carb, right?), we ended up on the topic of graduations, trophies and children.

We agreed that it felt like there were too many graduations – when graduating from high school, will our children know the shiver of excitement and anticipation at the first tones of Pomp and Circumstance if they’ve already marched to it 4 or 5 times – and too many participation trophies.

Or, as a blogger on Today Moms asked – Are we rewarding kids for just showing up?

The next day, upon completion of the triathlon, each of us received a bottle of water and a medal. The irony was not lost on either of us.

This past weekend, after completing the Title 9 Triathlon, I was handed my second participation medal, and started planning where I would be hanging my growing collection of race bibs and medals.

There is no question that my view on participation medals (okay for me, not okay for the kids) is the definition of hypocritical.

What do you think? Are there too many trophies, or is okay to pay kids for “just showing up?”