Growing up, I pretty much failed at every athletic endeavor I tried... anything I was introduced to in PE class which resembled a sport, that cringe- worthy summer of softball, and those two hilarious years of ballet and tap. You’d think I’d try to steer my kids away from sports but instead, I do what I can to encourage them to give sports a try.
You may be tempted to shower your child with positive comments about their (sports) ability, but use caution. Comments and compliments should be sincere and straightforward.
There’s no doubt that team sports offer an array of benefits to kids. Team sports provide opportunities for kids to develop friendships, work as a team, problem-solve, learn good sportsmanship skills, and more. But team sports aren’t for everyone. Many kids, particularly those who are introverted or shy, lack interest in or struggle with team sports. When kids aren’t into team sports, parents often get caught up in an endless battle - with their kids kicking and screaming all the way to every practice and game.
You signed your child up for soccer or hockey, and then the league sent you an email: ‘We need coaches!’ Maybe you had never coached kids’ sports before, and you thought it might be fun to coach. Maybe your coaching credentials are as long as your arm, and you had counted down the days to take to the ice with your Timbit. Either way, you were excited to help out and have been coaching ever since.
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