How Can I Help My Child Succeed?
LET THE GAME EXPERIENCES AND MISTAKES BE THE TEACHER
“There’s got to be a cultural change from parents hovering over the kids and trying to prevent them from making mistakes, wanting them to do what they think is best for them by giving them instructions, pointing out obvious solutions that they can see, to help their kids be successful. ....It’s like giving a child a puzzle and telling them where to put the pieces because you don't want them to make a mistakes. When really what children do by trying different pieces of the puzzle, they learn how to put together a puzzle." - Scott Gimble, American Youth Soccer Organization, Director of Development
The way you act toward the fans of the other team has a big impact on everyone's experience. Your child is watching your behavior. Would you want your child to make a spectacle of herself with confrontational comments? Not only are you representing your child's team, but you're also representing your child.
"Your kids success, or lack of success in sports, does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and who tries their best, is a direct reflection of your parenting." - Unknown