Coaching your child in a sport can be very fun and very frustrating.
It’s like you are walking a tightrope between being too nice and too hard.
When coaching your child, it is really hard to be objective with your child’s skills and abilities. And it’s really really hard to not go overboard in making it look like you aren’t playing favorites.
But as Ken Krause says in the article Be a parent first, then a coach: “Your daughter will be your player for only a few short years, but she’ll be your daughter for your whole life. Keep that in mind and you’ll find the whole relationship goes a lot more smoothly.”
Read Coach Ken’s suggestions and let me know, how has it worked for you as a parent/coach? I’d love to hear your comments.
I plan to follow up in a future post with some specific ways to make the coach/parent job a workable, enjoyable experience.
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