Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D., talks about the role of parents iin teaching their children life lessons through sports.
A Parent's Greatest Strength And Weakness
It is no easy task to be a parent
of a young athlete. Hard enough are the tasks of helping the child
learn how to handle the ups and downs of competition. But perhaps most
challenging are the demands on your own coping skills - learning how to manage emotions that are repeatedly tested under trying conditions.
As a parent, you experience a
rush of positive emotions when your child triumphs, a deflating sense
of emptiness when they lose. This emotional process can almost become
addicting. Instead of focusing on the child