Harrison wrote on Instagram:
“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.”
Here’s the hardware that his 8- and 6-year-old sons brought home:
Former NFL player Shawne Merriman backed Harrison on Facebook.
Most of the nearly 900 Instagram commenters praised Harrison’s parenting.
The conversation spiked on Twitter, too.
But others disagreed.
However you feel about this, Harrison’s message could not be clearer: “#harrisonfamilyvalues.”
Hilary Levey Friedman, a sociologist and author of “Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture,” told the Daily Beast last year that kids are even smarter than parents about the essential worthlessness of giving everyone a trophy. “The first trophy means something, even if it’s just a participation trophy. It’s very exciting, and all the kids I studied remembered the circumstances from the first trophy they got. But very quickly, these participation trophies lose their meaning unless it’s for a really big win.”