This is Part 2 of our series of the top 9 ways parents can support their young athlete.
Cheering your child on and encouraging them on from the stands is great, but there is much more to it to being a great sports parent.
Check the next 3 tips on how to support your kid playing sports in this video…
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So How Can Parents Best Support Their Kid Playing Sports?
Here are the next few tips…
It’s very easy for parents of kids playing sports to ignore this, because there is “only so many hours in a day” and they also have homework, family chores, etc. They are so worried and stressed out about keeping up their studies and giving their all to their sport, they often have trouble sleeping.
They need wind down time at night and a regular bedtime schedule.
Acceptance among peers
This is a biggie. While you can’t make all of your kid’s friends like him, you CAN check in to find out how he is fitting in with his team or group. Some coaches pit players against each other, but studies show everyone does better when there is team harmony. This is especially important when working with girl’s teams.
Bullying is also prevalent in youth sports and there should be a no tolerance policy on your kids team. It is a big reason why kids quit sports.
Respect their opinion
Just because you played or know something about your kid’s sport, does not mean YOU know the best way to help him become a better player. You know you are on the wrong track with helping your kid, when you think to yourself “Well, it worked for me.”
Welcome to the Winner’s Circle!
Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer for Youth Athletes