“When I got these players alone, and asked them “what was your least favorite moment in sports?” I often got a very similar and sad answer: the ride home after the game.” – states John O’Sullivan in a very informative article.
It is amazing to see how big of an impact you truly have on a child. Whether you are a coach, a parent, a friend, aunt, uncle, whomever, children are always listening, always watching.
In sports, children are being critiqued by anyone and everyone around them. Their coaches, the judges at competitions, and sometimes their teammates. The last thing that these kids need is to also be critiqued by their parents.
John O’Sullivan also states, “Many children indicated to me that parental actions and conversations after games made them feel as though their value and worth in their parents’ eyes was tied to their athletic performance, and the wins and losses of their team.”
It is very important for children to have a huge support system, no matter how well or terrible they did.
Let’s go out there and help these kids be the best that they can be!