When it comes to youth sports, we all think our kids are the best. It’s parental instinct. And quite honestly, we should be biased when it comes to our children. But there is a time when you should over-ride your prejudices and face reality, and one of those times is when you are looking at your child’s sports abilities.
Very few parents can objectively evaluate their child’s ability in sports unless they’ve played or coached the sport themselves. We are hard wired to respond emotionally to our child’s performance much differently than we respond to another child’s performance.
Sometimes the truth lies in the fact that current performance is not a true indicator of future performance. Many young athletes excel because they are a little older, stronger and faster than their peers. After puberty, these differences tend to even out, and many elite athletes no longer possess the advantages that made them great at 11 or 12.
Check the signs–are you overestimating your child’s skills? Continue reading.