Wow, what a fantastic article! It goes back to that whole thing that we want our kids to be successful but one thing that I wasn’t thinking about is what other people think of my kids when they do miss the basket, mess up the play, miss the volley, etc. I can’t imagine thinking something negative of another persons child. No one is perfect, we are human and we all make mistakes. It’s ok, we’ll survive.
When the game didn’t go quite like your young athlete thought it would, here’s some tips on how to boost them back up.
A few years ago, my son’s basketball coach handed this article out during our parent meeting. While I honestly don’t have a competitive bone in my body (yes, weird but I did marry into a highly competitive family) I don’t THINK that I have ever been one of “these parents”. I do however, know that it’s quite possible that I may someday succumb to wanting my child to succeed so much that I throw out a few words that I wish I could take back. I made a very good cheerleader in my younger years, I think that I will stick to that and simply cheer them on. Just yesterday my 6 year old came to me crying because she couldn’t do a handstand using the wall, my cheer leading skills came in handy then and she had it mastered in 5 minutes. Just a little something to think about.
As adults, sometimes we get caught up in the end result. Let’s face it if we are involved in sports we want to win, right? Well, this coach showed me that sometimes it’s not all about that. Great life lesson, way to go coach and thank you!