Even with the challenges of sports parenting, there are still some pretty awesome moments–and memories made–for sports parents. There’s nothing like the joy that comes from watching your kid work hard, achieve success, accept and conquer challenges.
But let’s be honest: sports parenting–albeit rewarding–will never be easy. There’s just too many negative factors that you will face if your kids play sports.
Challenges of Sports Parenting
Hours of traveling
Watching your kid struggle
Obsessive, manipulative, or pushy parents
Perhaps you can add to the list. I’ve heard from many sports parents over the past 3 years of blogging to know that the job of sports parenting is not getting any easier.
But you know what? Even with the challenges of sports parenting, you can meet the difficulties head on.
Team Drama: When your kid is surrounded by drama, he can learn to get along with people. He can learn to ignore the garbage and focus on the game.
Hours of traveling: When you’re tired of all the road trips, you remind yourself that if nothing else, you are making memories with your family.
Increasing costs: When you’re sick of shelling out money, you can look at the investment you are making in your child, not just in his sports, but in his character development.
Unfair politics: When the politics makes you want to throw up, you can talk with your kid and help them sort through the ugliness, help them learn to deal with difficult situations. When the unfairness hits–your child gets shoved aside for a less-skilled player or your child works hard and gets no reward–you can give your kid an extra hug and let him know that even when life’s not fair, you still love him and are his biggest fan.
Watching your child struggle: When you don’t know if you can stand another day of watching your kid struggle to improve his game with little success, you are given another chance to express your pride in him for his hard work and persistence.
Obsessive, manipulative, or pushy parents: When you think you are so sick of crazy parents that you seriously want to punch one in the face, you can show strength to your kid by walking away and leaving the parent to fester in his own ridiculous garbage.
Here’s the deal: your sports parenting job will never be easy. But if you can tackle difficulties and set an example that will help your child grow stronger as a person, then you’ve met the challenge in a way that will shape your child positively for life.
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