I remember the good old days of playing volleyball, running track and dancing on my dance team. It was the time of my life! I loved being part of a team, hanging out with my friends, making new friends and winning every once in awhile was fun too. Now, it’s time to see my children play and participate in sports and extracurricular activities.
My daughter started out her Junior High year playing volleyball and now basketball. While it is has been so much fun watching her have fun and improve over the season, it also has been rather interesting people watching the other parents.
The bottom line is this…everyone is proud of their daughter and wants them to do well, but not all parents express their support in the same fashion. Parents and guardians, here are 5 things a parent of an athlete should know and keep in mind and I mean this in the kindest way possible.
1. It ain’t okay to be cray. Do NOT coach your kid from the sideline, yell, scream or act a fool. As a parent, your job is to be a cheerleader, not a coach…unless you are the coach. If you wanted to be a coach, you should have volunteered to do so. If you have nothing nice to say, sit down and be quiet.
2. RELAX. I HIGHLY doubt you are raising a professional athlete. Sorry to burst your bubble! So with that being said, it is okay to relax. Let your kiddo have fun, learn the game and learn the lessons that sports can teach a child.
3. Let them fail. If you child forgets their basketball shoes at home, if they aren’t working out or practicing at home, they are the ones who will be suffering the consequences. You can be there to encourage and support. Their mistakes will make them better!
4. This isn’t about living out your sports dreams through them! This time isn’t about YOU. It’s about them! Let them make their own choices, both good and bad.
Don’t be THIS parent:
5. Your kids are watching you. Trust me, they are! I tried taking some photos from afar and after the game my daughter says, “Were you trying to take pics of us on the bench?” Mmmhmmm. Make them proud not embarrassed!
So what kind of parent are you? Do You Cheer On, Encourage or Push Your Child?
Me? I’m doing my best to be the biggest fan for my daughter and not some sideline
crazy personoh-no-you-dih-ent-just-do-that-girl-throw-my-hands-up-in-the-air-ok-fine-i’ll-sit-down-now-ref-sorry kind of parent.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.