Who’s Keeping Score?

Participating in sports can develop positive traits in our children such as good health, discipline, teamwork and dedication. But what happens when a child is frustrated or disappointed with the outcome of the game? Children learn to measure disappointment based on comments made about their performance by parents and coaches. How kids learn to cope with the pressure of sports not only affects their performance and enjoyment of the sport, but can also have a lasting impact on how they deal with similar challenges throughout life.

Instead of focusing on the score, parents can:

  • Praise sportsmanship
  • Support dedication
  •  Focus on the overall experience

Information courtesy of http://kidshealth.org/parent