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Parenting a Youth Athlete
There is so much out of the parent's control when you sign your child up for a sport. You will have little to no control over coaches, officials, teammates, teammate's parents, and quality of the program or league.
Focus on what you do have control over. Focus on your behavior and your child.
Be a role model for them on the sidelines. Your behaviors will be noticed by your child.
Don't be a coach or official from the stands. Be a parent and support your child.
Don't define success or failure in winning or losing. Success and failure should be based on effort, behavior, and individual performance.
Our youth will face many difficulties and challenges in sports. This is good. Support your child in navigating these challenges.
Changing the game in youth sports:
John O'Sullivan at TEDxBend
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