Parent's Role

Don't Criticize Your Child's Athletic Performance

The last thing a child needs to hear is a parent criticizing their performance or giving coaching pointers. What they want most is unconditional support and encouragement, not criticism.

Over-Involved Youth Sports Parent: Are You One?

Children and teens are uncomfortable if parents listen to their music, wear their style of clothes, or use their slang or become over-involved with their school, friends or sports.  Here are some warning signs.

Attending Your Child's Practice Can Be Rewarding

There are a number of reasons you might consider attending some of your child's practices in addition to his games. Watching your child practices gives you a chance to see how he is developing as a player and is an excellent way to let your child know that you care about his participation in sports and that every aspect is important, not just the games, not just whether his team wins or loses, or how he performs.

Being Successful Sports Parent Not Easy

Being a parent of a young athlete is not easy. Helping your child handle the ups and downs of competition is hard enough. But most challenging is learning how to manage your own emotions.

Incentives Wrong Way to Motivate Child in Sports

Sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper advises parents that giving a child incentives for performing well in sports usually backfires.

When To Take Your Child To A Sports Psychologist

Sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper says there are a variety of circumstances that might prompt parents to consider seeking help for their child from a sports psychologist but performance enhancement is way down the list.

Talking To A Coach: Taking the Stress Out

If the world were a perfect place, talking to a youth sports coach would be as natural and stress free as talking to your child's teacher. Unfortunately, there is not much that worries and confuses some parents more. Here's advice on how to take the stress out of the experience.

Modeling Appropriate Behavior While Driving: Advice for Moms

Surveys show that moms tend to be aggressive drivers, especially when driving SUVs. Children are always learning and imbibing from their social environment. There is never time out when you're not influencing your kids by what your do and say while you are driving your kids - and other parent's kids - to and from sports practices and games.

Sometimes a Game Is Just That: A Game

My daughter and her friends are typical 7th graders. When they find a new activity they like, they dive in head first leaving all other activities behind in the splash. Doesn't matter if they also are involved with trumpet, violin, piano, biking, rock climbing, drama, cooking, ballet, fencing, or any other activity. Doesn't matter that they have homework and the need for some free time and family time. To this age group, a new activity is like falling in love - it becomes their be all, end all.

Even Bad Coaches Can Teach Your Child Life Lessons

Child psychologist Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D. talks about how parents can use poor coaches as negative role models to teach their child important life lessons.

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