Your kid goes out to play in the park and comes back crying because he lost. This is a common scenario for your 4 year old, right? At this age children start getting involved in organized sports and want to prove themselves all the time. Only your appreciation and praise is not enough for him now. He wants every one of praise and clap when he wins the race. Your child is still not old enough to handle the losing.
What you need to know
The sense of competition in kids this age is because of their increasing sense of competence in their own abilities. They tend to compare themselves with everyone else their age and are disappointed when they see that some other child fares better. Child experts believe that we should not force our little ones to be competitive at this age. Make your child understand that it is more important to participate than to win.