Sports and activities have always been an important part of every child’s development. It is where I personally learned the lessons of how and when to follow and lead, work with others as a team, and maintain self control. I had coaches who were my mentors, disciplinarians and motivators. The life lessons I learned through sports were and still are invaluable.
5 Ways Parents Can Support Their Child in School Sports
- Realistic expectations for your child’s athletic capabilities. Not everyone is athletic, help your child find something that they enjoy – maybe they’re interested in more non-traditional activities like sailing or aviation?
- Unconditional support, not contingent on performance. Don’t let them see disappointment, instead give them a pat on the back with a smile. They tried their best.
- For the love of sport! Let them enjoy themselves and play for their reasons not yours. That’s why they call it “playing” and “games” – isn’t it?
- Remain calm and composed during games. Do not draw negative attention to yourself or your child.
- Be a team player and role model. If children see their parents supporting the coach and team (even if you may not always agree) they will learn that no matter what happens; it is the teamwork and camaraderie that matters most.
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