STOP THE MADNESS-How to be a good Sport Parent.
What Can Parents Do?
Parents often know what actions are appropriate but don’t know how to contain the anxiety and excitement of being a sport parent. As a result, the parents do and say things that they normally would not do under less stressful conditions. Parents need to remember that attitudes and behaviors taught to children in sports carry over to adult life. As with life lessons, it is important for parents to be actively involved in their child’s sports in a positive way.
Good Sport parents can help their children get the most out of sports by:
- Providing emotional support
- Providing positive feedback
- Attending games, voicing only positive comments
- Having realistic expectations for your child
- Learning about the sport
- Helping the young athlete handle disappointments and losing
- Helping the young athlete appropriately deal with feelings of aggression
- Helping the young athlete to understand good sportsmanship
- Never tolerating violent behavior
- Do not focus on winning
- Modeling respectful spectator behavior
Enough is Enough
Anyone who has spent time around middle school or high school athletics is sure to have witnessed inappropriate sideline behavior. A parent has an incredible opportunity to make an impact on their child’s success and happiness in numerous aspects of life, and sports have become a medium for that opportunity. Parents may get caught up in the excitement and lose sight of this. Inappropriate behavior can have long lasting, negative consequences on young athletes. To help children get the most out of both good and bad experiences, parents need to be good “sports” parents