Encourage your sporty kids in these 5 ways

Attempting to draw from parental research on sports psychology, here are five ways you should help your children in sport. Such techniques occur throughout childhood and adolescence but are particularly important for children aged between 10 and 15 years.

1. Support your child emotionally:

It applies to give love unconditionally. During difficult or unpleasant periods this is especially significant. For your children in the sport, you are the number one pillar of emotional support. They need to have someone to talk to. Emotional support should be limitless and not contingent on how well you believe your kid will succeed or play.

2. Emphasize the initiative of performance and moral development:

When you focus too much on winning and losing the game (these are results), your kids can feel disappointment and even a decreased desire to be interested in the sport. Focusing on the effort and personal improvement of your child is a better idea. It is really important to help your kids understand that you respect them trying hard above everything else, also to encourage them when they are getting better, particularly when they are young and still learning how to compete.

3. Encourage self-support:

It is great to be involved in the sport of the kid, but the evidence suggests that a high level of participation must be at equilibrium by granting control and freedom to children. You should set the limits but those limitations allow your children to have some flexibility and independence. For example, a restriction may tell your child, “You must always be prepared for trials,” and the liberty might be, “You are responsible for ensuring that you have got your equipment and water.” Once your kids show they can be personally responsible, you should play with allowing them more flexibility.

4. Try communicating and sharing the objectives:

What makes your child play sport? Which long-term goals do they have from the sport? Did you ask these questions? If not, you should because good sports parents connect with their kids and help and support them to reach their objectives of sport. Few kids may want to compete and get to high athletic standards. Some may just want to experience the joy of engaging without striving to achieve a high level. Instead of trying to impose your own expectations, you can embrace the targets your kids have selected. So note that as the children advance through training, the objectives will alter. It is important to’ check-in’ with them as they mature and make sure you provide the help they need.

5. Act how kids want you to act before, during and after competitions:

Some studies were done, questioning the children before, during, and after the game about what they want from their parents.

Kids expect parents to help them relax and ensure they arrive on time before competitions.

Children want parents to support the entire team through events, retain attitude, stay positive and concentrate on action rather than the result.

Children like constructive and honest feedback after the game, so parents should be vigilant to interpret the attitude of the children when reviewing results.

Let the trainer look after the technical and tactical guidance based on the input of your child’s performance and attitude.

This article helps you with how a parent should help kids in sports. Read the full article here.

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