An Instagram post from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has prompted an online debate about parenting, after the NFL star said he would return his sons' participation trophies because he wants them to earn "real trophies" instead.
On Saturday, Harrison uploaded a picture of the "Best of the Batch" trophies his sons had received for participating in athletics.
As the caption for the picture, he wrote:
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. #harrisonfamilyvalues