Parent's Role

Mixing Up Your Feelings With Your Child's

Parents see things through adult eyes. They know that rejection is painful for them, so they think it must affect their children in the same way. This assumption can arouse a powerful protective instinct, leading some parents to threaten coaches and league officials, interrogate other families for evidence of discrimination, and foster an image of their child as a victim. Unfortunately, such parental behavior can have disastrous effects on a young person: a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and a mounting pressure to excel which can lead him to quit sports altogether.

Should Poor Grades Mean No Sports?

Punishing a child for poor grades by pulling him off a sports team so he can concentrate on his studies sends the wrong message.

Escaping The Parent Trap

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...

Cut From The Team: Empathizing With Your Child Is Key

Advice for parents from a mental health professional on helping children deal with the emotional pain of being cut from a sports team.

Good Idea to 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.

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