Sports can be intense. Witness the Olympics! But even before that level, athletics can be quite stressful for many young people. If you are raising a competitive athlete, how should you best support your child and not inadvertently make things worse?
Rebecca Smith, founder of Complete Performance Coaching and the PerformHappy community (and a former gymnast), shares her advice this week on Best of Both Worlds. She’s got five strategies for parents of athletes that work for people parenting kids through any intensely competitive activity (so yep, parents of musicians and Mathletes, this one is for you too!). One of my favorite is to remember the four things you are supposed to provide: Rides, food, hugs, and tuition. That’s it. Unsolicited advice and baggage from your own athletic career (or musical/academic competition/spelling bee career) not included 🙂
In the opener, Sarah and I talk about the activities our kids are doing, and in the Q&A we talk about athletic activities that might work for kids who are not necessarily oriented toward traditional team sports. Please give the episode a listen, and be sure to check out Rebecca’s podcast, PerformHappy.