Parents: What Not to Say After the Game
Sometimes, the ride
home after a game can seem like a long one, especially if it ended in a
loss. What words you choose to fill the void at that time can
communicate more to your child than you might intend. In fact, you could
easily find yourself sending a lot of mixed messages without even
realizing it. Here’s the low-down on what not to say to help end the
day on a high-five note.
2. Don’t suggest to your child that they follow your advice on the sly instead of the coach’s instruction. Your role as a sports parent is a supportive one, not a substitute.
3. Abstain from comparing your child’s athletic abilities to that of your own, no matter how stellar your youth sports record may have been. This applies to the accomplishments of older sibling’s as well. No kid should be made to feel as though they have to measure up.4. Avoid placing too much emphasis on your child’s performance during the game than that of the team as a whole. The point of participating in a team sport is to promote teamwork building skills, not individual showmanship.
5. Keep criticism in check. No matter how constructive your well-meaning observations might be, they will more likely be interpreted as conveying disappointment from someone very important to them—you.
what should you say after the game? Try some of these strategies to turn
post-game gloom and doom into hopeful anticipation of many more game
opportunities to come.