Hmm, I'm not sure how to get started on this. I am slightly uncomfortable with this situation:

DS 11 and his friend M, age 13, both took part in an academic competition. DS placed higher, by a significant margin. M did VERY well, placing far above the national average. But he compared his performance to DS, and he thinks he stinks. I talked to the boy's mother and sent her links to the national stats. She seems to understand that her son did ok for himself, but he is still upset. I am not sure if I should make any other attempt to clarify things. Talking about LOG would be awkward, as I cannot imagine saying, "M, you are G, but DS is PG!" My instinct is to let it go, but I feel bad for M. He is a really sweet guy and doesn't appear jealous at all- just sad that he didn't score in the top two percent where he is used to scoring on grade level tests.

Any thoughts? Why does this bother me so much? Isn't it good for kids to learn to live with disappointments?