How Can Parents Help Athletes Have Fun?
A sport parent asks:
“My 5-yr-old niece is playing softball and right now she is experiencing issues of not wanting to bat with fear of getting out. It’s real bad and embarrassing, she keeps crying and having tantrums in the dugout. Also today after f.... More »
In this culture of positivity, we’ve gone a tad overboard with the importance of praise. Here’s why it needs to be balanced with some critiquing… Are you struggling with a specific problem in your parenting? Do you feel like you’ve hit a wall and just don’t know how to .... More »
Superheroes are defined as “benevolent fictional characters with superhuman powers, such as Superman.” Well, maybe it’s time to expand that definition to include non-fictional folks, and specifically, Shavarsh Karapetyan. Here is Karapetyan’s story. The world has seen many gr.... More »
Lack of playing time is a cause for extreme concern for many sports parents. I know it was for me. Worrying about playing time kept me awake at night, made my stomach upset and sometimes made me irritable and negative. I suppose if it happened every season with every child, I would have gotten used..... More »
When Casey Stengel was managing the hapless New York Mets in their first year of existence in 1962, Casey became so frustrated with his team’s lack of fundamental baseball that he once exclaimed in frustration: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”
That moment was well over 50.... More »
How Coaches Influence Parents And Athletes
A coach asks:
“How does a coach influence the parents and players to be committed to a process that requires investment in effort, time and money before results are ‘seen’?”
Good question… In our fast-paced lives, kids and parents often expect results right away and are impatient to wait for them…
Nothing good ever comes from being negative. Nothing! When you consistently put yourself down after a failure or continually catch yourself doing things wrong, then the only “good” you’ll do for yourself is to kill your self-confidence and tighten your muscles. I don’t have to tell you there’s nothing positive in being negative in that way!
You have to learn to systematically train your mind, or your “inner coach” in order to become more positive and supportive…