When parents back off and let children fight their own battles, especially in the arena of youth sports, it is inevitable that those kids will grow stronger and learn lessons that will be with them for life.
I’ve raised three kids in sports and as I look at them growing into adults, I’m amazed at how tough they are in some areas of their lives. When they really want something they are persistent in fighting for it. I know that they learned a lot of that from playing sports.
Watching children learn to fight and persist is very hard on parents. I really got absolutely no pleasure out of that aspect of sports parenting. But as frustrating as it is for parents to watch the caterpillar turn into a butterfly, there is actually more in this journey for you as a parent than just feeling anguish.
Here’s what you can learn when you let your child fight his own battles. Continue Reading.
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