There are many parents in the world who want their children to excel at sports. There is nothing wrong with that. However, a lot of parents approach this desire the wrong way. This often results in their children getting “burnt out” from the sport or even growing to resent their own parents. To keep this from happening to you, here’s some advice you need to heed.
Don’t Force Your Child into Sports
First things first, know that you should never force your child to do anything. If you have a child who hates sports and doesn’t want to sign up for them, don’t force your child to play. If your child decides, once a sports season is up, he wants to quit or try something else, let him. That may be hard to do, but remember, it’s not about YOUR dreams or what YOU want. It’s about your child, and forcing is never fair.
Your Support Means Everything
If you’re fortunate enough to have a child who is interested in and dedicated to sports, support that child 110%. Your support will make all the difference. Even when you don’t feel like it, drive your child to practice each day. Go to every game. Do your best to show that you believe in and support your child. Sure, it’s not always easy, but it will make a world of difference to your young athlete.
Keep it Fun
Finally, allow your child to have fun at his or her sport of choice. Don’t turn everything into a serious, high-pressure situation. If your child isn’t playing as well as you might like or practicing as often as you might like, let it slide. Your child should have the right to be as involved in sports or as casual about them as he or she wants.