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!

Personalized Gifts: Thoughtful and Unique Gifts are the Best

There’s simply nothing better than a personalized and thoughtful gift. Giving a gift is great, but giving a uniquely personal gift is even better. The person receiving your gift knows that some extra thought and effort went into your gift idea. Getting somebody a gift with their name or initials on it is really nice.

I read a post on Mom 4 Real about, The Coolest Gift For The Sports Freak in Your Life. This is a really cool gift idea for a big sports fan, I would personally love to get one. The author’s family members are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, so she had personalized calendars made. The calendars feature 12 of their favorite players for each month, and she could even make sure that her son’s favorite player was featured on his birthday month! What a thoughtful and neat gift!

What kinds of personalized gifts have you given in the past?

Youth Sports: Don’t Be the Crazy Parent Who Embarrasses Their Family

If you have a child who participates in youth sports you can probably relate to this post. I feel like when I was a kid playing sports we never had the psychotic parent. Sure there may have been a few instances where a nut job ruined everybody else’s good time, but overall it seemed like a fun experience. More and more often today you see these enraged parents yelling at referees, coaches, or their own kid. It really is just sad to see a teenage, volunteer referee getting screamed at by a full grown adult. I don’t know what has caused this change, but it really needs to stop. These “adults” are embarrassing themselves and their families. They might be doing it because they care very much about their child and their success, but everything in life has boundaries. That type of behavior is definitely crossing the line, and borders on being highly inappropriate in a setting that should be family friendly.

A recent post at JBM Thinks talked about how youth sports have become more violent recently. The post talks about on field issues and also issues in the stands.

Have you come across a parent who harasses coaches, players, or referees? How did you handle the situation?

Youth Sports: How to Handle Your Child Sitting the Bench Too Much

One of the worst parts of youth sports is when your child has to sit the bench. Every child will spend a little bit of time on the bench here or there, but I am talking about when your child is a bench warmer. Game in and game out they spend 85% of their time on the bench, and don’t really get a fair shot to be a contributor on the field. This can be upsetting for your child, aggravating to you as a parent, and makes for a negative experience with youth sports.

In a recent post on JBM thinks titled, “When Your Child Sits the Bench in Youth Sports”, the author Janis talks about how to handle situations like this. She gives you ways to try and turn this negative experience into a positive one.

One thing I believe parents should keep in mind is that if you are frustrated by your child’s lack of playing time, think about how they feel. This is their problem so make sure to sympathize with them and help them in any way possible.

How have you handled your child spending too much time on the bench in youth sports?

Learning Life Lessons Through Sports: Why To Get Your Child Involved

When you first introduce your child to a sport you are probably only thinking of the present. Your interest is to see them make friends, have fun, and learn a game that they will someday maybe love. There is an entire world of sports ahead of them when they are young. Sometimes it is cool to think about what might happen for your child down the road. They might be on the varsity team in school or they could go on to play in college. Ultimately the most valuable thing they will take away from being an athlete at any level are the life lessons.

A post titled, “Young Athletes Take Lessons From Games into Real Life”, by Janis Meredith tells the story of how her daughter grew up playing softball. Her daughter played all different levels and is now a school teacher. She talks about the valuable lessons she learned from being an athlete for so many years.

What life lessons do you think sports will teach your children as they grow older?

Parents are a Child’s First Teacher for So Many Things

Dads and moms everywhere have a lot of parenting responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is teaching which can be complex. Teaching typically means reading, writing, and arithmetic but in parenting it means everything. Parents are their child’s first teacher for many life skills. They teach a child everything from talking to different and more complex life skills.

A recent post on Summer Nannies titled, “10 Sports Every Dad Should Teach Their Son” hit on this topic. This article can apply to moms, dads, daughters, and sons everywhere and features a great list of games that parents should teach to their children! Sports are only one of the many things a child will learn from their parent.

Sports Camps for Kids: Helping Your Child Succeed in Athletics

For parents there is truly nothing better than seeing their children succeed in life. No parent wants to see their child struggle, although it is bound to happen at some point. This can be especially true when it concerns sports. Most parents involve their children in sports because it can offer chances for them to socialize with other kids, exercise, develop athletic abilities, and have fun. Many children will end up going to a sports camp at some point. This is just another way to have fun while learning new skills involved with playing the sport. There are typically day camps and sleep-away camps for every sport. There are camps for traditional sports like soccer, baseball/softball, lacrosse, and football. There are also camps for for unique sports like skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, and swimming.

No matter what sport your child plays it can help their chances for success to attend a camp. A recent post on JBM Thinks titled, “Are You Choosy About Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience?”, talks about different sports camps and choosing the right one for your child.

Have you sent your child to a sports camp? How was their experience there?

Youth Sports and Conflict: Too Many Commitments Can Cause Issues

Signing your kids up for sports is a tremendous way to let them have fun, meet new friends, develop skills socially and athletically, and learn life lessons. Sports have become an integral part of today’s society and that is a great thing. A child’s sport career may start as a fun thing that they do because you signed them up, however it can grow into a life long love they will always be a part of. On the flip side, your kid may grow up and realize whatever sport they’re playing just isn’t for them. This is fine because getting your kids involved with sports is mostly about them trying something new and taking away something from the experience.

As your children grow older they might become more seriously involved with sports. This could mean playing on more than one team per sport or even playing two different sports at the same time. This is really a good problem to have, and I don’t think you should ever discourage your child from participating in sports. Sometimes having too many commitments can lead to conflicts with game and practice times though.

A recent post on JBM Thinks titled, “What Should Your Athlete Do When His Youth Sports Teams Conflict”, talks about this sort of situation and how to handle it. I think you should let you child decide what is most important to him or her, and move forward from there. Let it be their decision, but help them if they need guidance and ask for it.

Has your child ever had a sport team conflict? How did your family handle the situation?

Parent Athletes: When Games Interfere with Parenting

The birth of a child is one of the most special days in a person’s life. It is the day they stop being a person and become a parent. This is something that is life altering, exciting, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. For most parents it is not an issue to be there when their child is born, however for professional athletes there sometimes exists conflict

Playground Dad recently post about NFL players missing games for child birth. This post was provoked by the situation facing Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears. Tillman’s wife is expecting their fourth child this weekend, and the Bears have a huge match up against the Houston Texans. Both teams are considered to be Super Bowl contenders at this point in the season, but as a parent Tillman feels obligated to see his child’s birth. I believe that he should be at his child’s birth regardless of whether it conflicts with the game or not.

Do you think Tillman should play or watch his child be born?

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?