Parents Should Have Positive Involvement in their Children’s Sports
Research shows that 63% of children participate in an organised sport outside of school hours at least once per week. At this primary school age, parents are often the key decision makers as to which sports children will be involved in and because of this, they can also be a key factor as to whether a child enjoys the sport or not.
This is why at an early age; it is important for parents to have a positive involvement in the sport that their children are playing!
How Parents Can Get Involved Sports?
There are numerous ways you can get yourself involved with your child’s sports. Some good ways to start are attending their practices and games, helping them practice or train on their own schedule and providing motivational and supportive comments to help them have a positive outlook on their sporting experience. It is very important to remember not to be oppressive or force your child to participate in a sport that they don’t want to do, or to put too much pressure to on them to succeed in sport, as this can lead to a loss of motivation, especially if they feel like they are not living up to their parent’s expectations. This does not mean you can’t try to challenge and push your child to perform better or at a higher level, but simply that your desire to do so must be tempered by the reactions and emotions of your child in a supportive, non-oppressive manner.
How Can You Tell What Is Enough?
With how important the balance of involvement is, it is absolutely essential that you know how to tell whether you are providing the right amount of involvement. Luckily, this is as simple as listening to your child. Their feedback on how involved you are and how involved they want you to be is the only source that matters, as every child will have a preference and ideal functioning level of involvement from their parent. If your child doesn’t want you to come to practices, then you can find other ways to support them for them to operate at their best.
Sport should be a fun and enjoyable way to spend time with your children. Just remember to be mindful and respectful of your child’s wishes and monitor how their motivation is, and how it is affecting their performance.