Below are the 5 things no parent should ever do in sports…(Part 1)
– Too many parents put so much pressure on their kids because they are reliving their past through their kid. ¬†I understand that you want to relive about your high school stud years (I do too…so does Uncle Rico “Napolean Dynamite”, but this doesn’t mean you put extra pressure on a 14-18 year old kid. ¬†I get you may think they are all grown up, but they really are not! ¬†I know 40 year olds who are STILL growing up! haha.
– Giving the coach a piece of your mind because you feel your son/daughter should be playing more is the last thing you want to do. ¬†Coaches do not act kindly towards this and may even take it out on your kid. ¬†In this situation you really need to be supportive of your kid. ¬†You cannot come at them complaining about their coach because then they will start to resent their coach as well. ¬†Whether you think it or not, your actions will manipulate the way your kids start to act and think at school and practice. ¬†Instead of going to the coach or complaining about the coach, simply ask your kid if they are happy with their situation and come up with a solution together. ¬†It may be he or she has to just mention to the coach, “hey, I am busting my ass in practice and I have done everything you’ve asked, I would just like a little more opportunity to prove myself”. ¬†This is a much more passive, yet effective approach to handling this situation.
– This one doesn’t need much more explanation. ¬†If they are playing, just don’t be that parent who is yelling trying to get them to do things your way. ¬†You can do this behind closed doors. ¬†Trust me, (people are judging this and coaches do not like it).
-So many parents now a days think their kid is going to become a professional athlete. ¬†Although I think it’s great to push, motivate, and guide your kids to be the best they can possibly be, it’s not always about going Pro! ¬†Working with a lot of Minor League Baseball players and other professional athletes who are not ICON athletes, I know first hand, it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. ¬†Obviously Derek Jeter, Lebron James, Peyton Manning situations are A LOT different. ¬†My advice is to let your kid ENJOY their sport and motivate them to hit high yet reasonable goals both on and off the field.
– If your kid wants to play a sport that you don’t like, don’t battle it. ¬†Just let them make their decision on what they want to do, even at a young age. ¬†When they are young (5-7 years old) get them trying as many sports as you can. ¬†Some they will like, some they won’t. ¬†Either way, make it a point that it’s ok not to like a sport even though you like it. ¬†You will find them trying harder in the sports that they are actually passionate about.
I hope you can use and apply these methods because let me tell you…it’s important your kid enjoys these years of their lives. ¬†If you are an athlete and reading this, share it with your parents because they will really appreciate it!
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