Drawing from sport psychology research on parenting, here are five ways you can support your children in sport.
These strategies apply during childhood and adolescence, but are particularly important for children between the ages of 10 and 15.
If you’re a sport parent, remember one golden rule: consistency is critical. Be consistent in your behaviours and words. Inconsistency creates confusion.
1. Provide emotional support
This refers to providing unconditional love. It’s especially important during challenging or stressful times. You are the number one source of emotional support for your children in sport. They need someone to turn to. Emotional support must be unconditional and not dependent on how well you think your child may be playing or competing.