As a junior sports coach, it's important to acknowledge that there are many discussions that take place within the world of youth sports. However, some conversations can get overlooked, particularly when the season becomes more demanding. These are the conversations that parents should be having with themselves, and they can make all the difference when it comes to handling challenging sports situations.It's essential for parents to take the time to think about what they want their child to gain from their sports experience.
Do you see it as a form of babysitting or as an opportunity for your child to learn and grow?
By defining their core values, parents can better understand how to handle difficult situations that may arise.
Parents must also consider how they will react when their child faces problems they believe are not their fault. Maintaining a positive attitude and setting an example for their child is crucial.
Negative responses can lead to a negative attitude from their child towards practices and games.Parents should also consider how they will respond when their child has a weak performance. They should be mindful of their child's feelings and avoid projecting their own frustrations onto their child.
It's also important for parents to understand why they may be so invested in their child's success in sports. Parents should be honest with themselves about their own motivations and determine what "success" means for their child. Each athlete's success is unique to their skillset and goals, and it should never be compared to another child's success.
Taking the time for introspection may not come naturally to some parents, but it can greatly benefit both themselves and their child. These conversations with oneself can prepare parents to effectively handle any challenges that may arise during the season