Create a Positive Sports Environment for Your Child
As children grow up and develop new skills, it’s an important time for them to try out new activities that help build their strength and character. Sports are a great way for kids to meet new people, try new things, step out of their comfort zone, and learn how to improve their eye-hand coordination.
No matter if your child is just testing out different sports to see what works for them, or if they are set in stone participating in one certain sport – at the end of the day, your child just wants to have fun.
Here are 10 tips on creating a positive sporting environment for your child:
Be your child’s biggest cheerleader, both on and off the field.
Encourage fair play. Point out good examples by other athletes.
Share your enthusiasm, but don’t scream from the sidelines. The coaches are there to guide your child, remember that you are a spectator during a game – save any feedback for after the game.
Accept the decisions made by the coaches & officials – right or wrong, they are humans and they can make mistakes.
Deal with any issues after games & practices – not during.
Always encourage your child to thank the officials, coaches and other teams after games. A thank you and a high five can go a long way!
Emphasize having fun and trying hard – not just winning.
Never ridicule or yell at any child for making mistakes.
If you find that your child isn’t enjoying a sport anymore, be sure to keep an open line of communication of what they like and dislike. Finding the appropriate sport or activity for a child’s age can be a huge factor in the child’s enjoyment. Talk to other parents and see what activities their kids enjoy, and introduce the idea to your own!
Extracurricular activities are endless, and we encourage you to find one that works for your family! Keep the focus on having fun, and everyone will be a lot happier.
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