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My husband and I had to teach him that he should use his failures to learn and grow. He can look at his failures to see where he is not as strong, and that he should make it his personal goal to improve in those areas. We also used this failure as a lesson to show him the importance of practice. He may not like to practice, but it takes practice in order to have success and do well in any area of his life.
I hope from now on my son will take practice more seriously. He is a very competitive young boy by nature and he does not like to lose. He should remember his performance from this week and do his best improve. This failure will cause him to see the value of practice as the time to prepare and improve before competition. In that sense, I am actually glad that he failed this week. I want my son to be a person who works hard and does his best in everything that he does. Sometimes it takes failure to motivate a person to work harder and that is why failure is not always a bad thing.