How to Help Kids Stop Dwelling on Mistakes
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Helping Young Athletes Let Go of Mistakes
When kids hang onto mistakes, they often end up experiencing low confidence, frustration and poor performance.
When they dwell on their mistakes, they can’t focus in the moment or have fun playing sports because they become so angry with themselves.
It’s especially important that they understand this just before a game or performance…