Positive Parenting Part 1 of 4

Sports are an amazing communicator of life lessons. Often children are put in sports to learn skills that translate far beyond the practice field. These skills are crucial to how a child perceives the world around them. Viewing adversity as something to overcome rather than an annoyance to be avoided is a major step in developing a positive work ethic. One of the largest keys to a child’s success in sports is the positive involvement of a parent. The relationship between a parent and the sport or the parent and the player in relation to the sport can sometimes have adverse effects. One of the biggest factors in a child quitting sports is over-involvement of parents. Providing positive parenting skills to support your child and help them define their level of success is crucial to your child’s level of achievement.

Text Points

  • 70% of youth sport participants drop out of youth sports programs before high school
  • 9 out of 10 kids say “fun” is the main reason they participate in sports
  • The #1 reason kids quit sports is that it is no longer fun
  • “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents” -Jane Dee Hull
  • From 2008 to 2013, there has been an 8.8% decrease in youth sport participation nationally
  • Children mostly want a venue to try their best. While they often want to know the score, and may even cry if they lose, most don’t obsess over results, sports psychologists say.
  • Ten minutes after the final whistle, kids have moved on; often it’s dad and mom who still want to talk about the game at dinner
  • The misalignment of adult and child priorities could play a role in the fact that 6 out of 10 kids say they quit sports because they “lost interest.”

For more positive parenting tips read Positive Parenting 2. For more information on youth sports visit statisticbrain.com. Read more of the Rapids Youth Soccer blog here.

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