There is a lot of pressure on young athletes today. Unfortunately, this can remove all of the fun from a sport and make it purely stressful.
This can have a lot of negative consequences on these young athletes. A parent can either add to a problem or relieve it.
There are many things a parent can do to make their child's participation in a sport enjoyable. First of all, your child must develop internal motivation if he or she is going to become good at a sport.
He or she must love it and want to become better at it instead of being pressured to become better. If he or she is pressured, he or she will rebel against it and will not learn as much.
Studies have shown that athletes are more motivated to achieve goals they set rather than by outside stimulation such as fame, money, or status to do well. As a parent, you can help teach your child how to set goals and accomplish them.
In addition, you can always encourage your athlete. Research has shown that children who are encouraged in a positive manner and specific instructions as to how they could improve when a mistake is made coupled with the fact that these things are given from an adult who they know believes personal improvement and fun is more important than winning can have a tremendous impact on the learning of a young athlete.
Encouragement does not mean only pointing out what was wrong and saying that they can do better. In fact, encouragement is not this at all.
When a parent encourages a child, he or she points out what the child did right that time. The parent praises the child for their accomplishments and temporarily overlooks the mistakes at the moment.
The parent should let the coach deal with the mistakes as the child knows that is the coach's job.
As a parent, you need to support your child and encourage him or her.
In addition, it can also help your child if you help him or her to build his or her self esteem. Your child should learn how to evaluate how he or she did.
After they tell you what they thought, make sure that they say at least two or three positive things they did correctly near the end. This will help the experience end on a positive note that will help them accomplish more things correctly in the future.
Your child will realize that he or she can do it and their self esteem will rise. By listening to them first, you will be able to determine how they really feel instead of unloading your own feelings on them.
It can also help tremendously if you make your encouragement specific. General encouragement is good, but not very helpful.
Children will feel much better about themselves when they know what they can feel good about. In addition, do not limit your encouragement to talking to them.
Be sure to write little notes for their lunch or put it on the bathroom mirror. Maybe you want to slip the note of encouragement into a book your child is reading.
The more creative you are, the more appreciative your child will be. Another thing that can build your child's confidence is have them teach you a little about the sport.
Do not assume you know everything. In addition, as your child explains things to you, they may make more sense to your child and he or she may be able to apply the idea better.
Your child can also give you ideas for ways in which you can provide the most support. Be sure that you make what you say sincere.
Provide direct eye-contact, real smiles, and physical contact such as hugs. In addition, do not ask about whether they won or lost.
Ask what they practiced, whether they learned anything, whether they were able to help anyone else learn anything, whether they did their best and most importantly, whether or not he or she had fun.
As you watch your child grow and enjoy participating in his or her sport, you may feel motivated to jump on the treadmill you have at home and start reaching for your own goals. If you follow this urge to get on the treadmill and exercise daily, you will experience many benefits.
You will feel more energized and you will be able to sleep better. In addition, you will be able to practice with your child if your child wants the extra help.