Youth Sports: Teaching Your Kids to Have a Positive Attitude

Youth sports are a great opportunity for your child to grow as an individual, while also learning lessons and making friends. As a parent, you hope that your child will be successful in youth sports. This isn’t always the case though, and this is part the lessons they will learn being an athlete. Keeping a positive attitude even when things don’t go your way in key, and parents should help to remind their children of this when they struggle. You need to encourage your child to keep trying, and also make clear to them that having a negative attitude will only make things worse.

I read a post on JBM Thinks today that asked an important sports parent question. Do you cheer when your child comes in last place? The post was about a young boy with autism who came in last place at a school race recently. Everybody cheered the loudest for him and he had an awesome time. I felt this story was inspiring and it also coincided with what I talked about above. Having a positive attitude is so key in sports and many other things in life. This is a lesson you should be instilling into your children; and don’t forget to cheer them on regardless of what place they come in!

What Your Child Should Never Say to Their Coach

When your child begins to participate in organized sports it typically is a great thing for them. Learning about a teamwork, winning and losing are all great life lessons that they can learn on the field. Sometimes sports can be frustrating as well, and nobody likes to see their child struggle. No matter what their age may be, if your child is not getting playing time it can be tough to handle. Many children will quit or resort to complaining to coaches. Having coached before, I can vouch for coaches and tell you this is not the route to take.

A recent post from JBM Thinks titled, “5 Things Coaches Don’t Want to Hear” echoes my sentiment. The last thing coaches want to hear are players complaining about playing time, putting down teammates, or saying “I hate this”. This article is a good read for parents because teaching your child not to perform these actions could have a positive impact on their athletic experience.

Has your child had a negative experience playing sports? Do you think the topics covered in this article might have helped them be more successful?