Speaking Point: There is a delicate line between being a supportive parent and a parent who is way too involved in their child’s success or failure in a sport. Many parents love to live through the fantasy of the sport the child is involved in. We often cannot allow a sport to just be an activity rather than a means to a further destination.
Parents often say..."just have fun" but what they mean is do everything you can to sacrifice, shine and win.
Speaking Point: We must go with the development and skill level of our child, and feel proud of their intention to try, rather than their outcome of success or failure.
Speaking Point: If a child is committed to their effort, support them, if its time for them to move on let them, if they are giving up because winning is everything, try and support the effort of sticking with it and seeing if they can find value in their progress.
Speaking Point: It’s not you on the field it’s them, it’s not you having to practice it them, its not your time, it’s theirs.
Speaking Point: Sports like all experience can be defined only by its process not it’s outcome.
Speaking Point: Teach your child to value the process and they will be able to live with the outcome. If you teach them that outcome is everything they will not value the process, and are more likely to stay or leave for the wrong reasons.
Speaking Point: It’s their experience not yours.