Child Development

Setting Realistic Expectations for Youth Athletes

It is critically important that you and your child have realistic expectations about his or her development as an athlete and that you don't confuse your expectations and desires with those of your child. Parents who complain that their child has quit a sport too early may be doing so because he isn't doing what they want him to do.

Does Athletic Success In Age-Group Competition Depend On A Child's Relative Age?

Have you ever watched the Little League World Series on television? Ever notice how the players on the teams are almost always much bigger and stronger than the average twelve-year-old and look more like sixteen-year-olds?

Early and Late Bloomers in Youth Sports: Lessons for Parents

Some children are early bloomers who enjoy success in sports because they develop faster, not because they have more raw talent. Late bloomers develop more slowly, but may be more gifted athletes. There are advantages and disadvantages for both.

Is Your Child Ready For Sports?

MomsTeam Founder Brooke de Lench says that in deciding whether a child is ready to start playing sports, parents should consider three things: what their instincts tell them about the child's readiness, the child's age, maturity and skill level, and whether they themselves are ready to see their child playing sports.

Parents Can Help Reduce Their Child's Performance Anxiety in Sports

It might seem a little odd to think about a ten year old baseball player with performance anxiety. We usually reserve that term for adult players who choke under pressure. However, odds are that, as a parent, you have seen some of the symptoms of performance anxiety in your young athlete or one that you know.

Ways for Sports Parents to Set a Good Example

"Children learn self-control by watching you display self-control. Like a coach who remains calm and under control in tough situations, parents who exhibit good sideline behavior provide young athletes with an appropriate role model for handling the emotional ups and downs of competition."

Successful Development Of the Young Athlete: Guidelines for Parents

An interesting and useful way of thinking about the development of the young athlete has been proposed by Jon Hellstedt. Because it is impossible to look at the development of the young athlete without also taking into account the changes experienced by the parents and siblings, Hellstedt looks at the development of the young athlete as an issue for the entire family

Three Stages of Athletic Development: Sampling, Specializing, Investment

There are three main phases of development for the youth athlete: Phase One (Exploration), Phase Two (Commitment) and Phase Three (Proficiency). While the developmental stages are issues for the entire family, some fundamental principles apply, regardless of phase.

Teaching Your Child to Speak Up In Sports

Child psychologist Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D. discusses the importance for parents of teaching their children to speak up for themselves with coaches and teammates as an important way to build self-confidence.

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