How Do I Talk to My Child After a Meet or Practice?

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How Do I Talk to My Child After a Meet or Practice?

By Positive Coaching Alliance
One of the most important spaces a sports parent operates in is the time after practice or a meet, especially during the car ride home. During this time, gymnasts are likely more focused and critical of their performance. Of course, this focus can swing different ways depending on the outcome of that meet and how emotionally ready that child feels to discuss what happened.

How to Cultivate Empathy and Tolerance in Young Athletes (PDF)

By David Benzel
Character development is arguably one of the greatest benefits your kids can gain from playing sports. Thanks to exposure to new challenges, opportunities, coaches, and teammates, character traits that may not have come up at home are brought to light during sports participation.

VIDEO – The Easiest Parenting Mistake to Correct

Many families experience a sport’s worst moments during the car ride home after a competition. However, this just might be one of the easiest situations to remedy.

Video: Did You Win? Did You Lose? Those Are The Wrong Questions For Parents To Ask

By Positive Coaching Alliance
PCA National Advisory Board Member Carol Dweck talks about the importance of having a growth mindset instead of focusing on comparing your youth athlete to the other kids and putting pressure on them to be better than everyone else.

Coach-Parent Partnership

By Positive Coaching Alliance
Following are guidelines for how sports parents can contribute to a Coach-Parent Partnership that benefits youth athletes.

The Second-Goal Parent

By Positive Coaching Alliance
A Second-Goal Parent recognizes that there is a Little Picture and a Big Picture in youth sports. The Little Picture concerns things like whether the child is playing the right position, the team is winning, etc. The Big Picture, which often gets drowned out by the Little Pictures, is about what the child is learning from youth sports.

Video: Sports Parents Need To Address Kids Needs, Not The Other Way Around

By Positive Coaching Alliance
AJ Johnson discusses the role that parents play in the student-athlete experience. As a sports parent himself, Johnson’s biggest frustration with other sports parents is putting added pressure on to a kid when it’s time for their kid to compete

What Parents Need to Know About Sports Physicals

By TrueSport
When your athlete comes home from school with a paper requiring a doctor’s sign-off before they can start the season, getting them in for the sports physical can feel like a chore. But really, the pre-participation sports physical is an opportunity for your child’s primary care physician to catch any underlying problems, check in with your athlete, and make an honest assessment about their readiness for play.

Stress Better: How Parents Can Help Athletes Grow from Stress

By TrueSport
Stress automatically calls to mind negative moments in life: A difficult upcoming test, a fight with a friend or parent, global collective stress like the coronavirus pandemic, or even self-created stress about what others might be thinking. And yes, too much stress and too few resources to combat it can be a bad thing…but allowing kids to entirely avoid it actually does them a disservice.

Why Do Some Athletes Struggle with Body Image?

By TrueSport
Body image issues in athletes can come from a wide variety of sources: certain sports value specific weights and body types more than others, athletes will deal with puberty in different ways, and some student athletes struggle with control in other areas of their lives, which can lead to body image issues and unhealthy behaviors around food and exercise.