School is just around the corner. New backpack. New school supplies. New clothes.
A new year is a time for fresh starts. If you’ve made mistakes in your sports parenting in the past, it’s never too late to begin anew. How about some new school year’s resolutions?
You want the best for your child this year in his sports endeavors, don’t you? You can help him out by making these new school year sportsparenting resolutions:
1. Express support and love to your young athlete before each game–no strings attached. Instead of , I love you, now go out and make me proud, try, I love you and am proud of you!
2. Send your child onto the field or court with encouragement, not last-minute coaching tips or comments that pressure your kid to perform and leave him fearful of not meeting your expectations.
3. Hang with positive parents at your child’s game. Don’t get sucked into “sympathy groups” who complain and criticize.
4. Support the entire team by cheering for everyone, not just your child. Be an encouraging voice for every player on the field or court.
5. Encourage fun with the hard work. Let your kid enjoy the game, mistakes and all. What’s the point of playing sports if your kids can’t have fun while exercising and working hard?
6. Make the car ride home a game-free zone. Don’t talk about the game, win or lose, unless your young athlete wants to talk. Say something positive, then let it drop until he brings it up.
7. Have a life outside of sports. Enjoy other things with your kids that have nothing to do with sports. Play table games, watch movies, go on a family adventure. Kids need balance.
8. Set a non-whining example for your kids. Don’t complain to your kid about how terrible his coach is or to your coach about how terrible he is, practice restraint.
9. Let the coach do his job, without interference. You may not agree with his philosophy or his style or his strategy, but as long as he is not doing anything immoral or cruel, let his coach. If you think you can do better, then put your name in for the job next year.
10. Let your child know that no matter what happens, how they perform, whether they even choose to play another season or sport, that your love is totally unconditional. Say it.
Making these new school year’s resolutions will help you have a great school year of sports. May you have many touchdowns, goals, baskets, digs, kills, home runs, and most of all, may you make wonderful memories with your kids!