Going to watch your child’s game, it’s just natural that you are as excited as your kid who is going to play. While watching the game, most parents cannot take off their eyes from the score board, some from the watch and yet other are too occupied shouting out instructions to their little champions battling it out there.
Here’s to all excited, anxious, enthusiastic and eager parents; guidelines to be the perfect parent on the by-stands.
- Encourage, don’t coach or yell Most parents cannot tell the difference. Because they are so excited about game, that mostly it’s emotions out of their mouths, rather strongly. For someone who’s playing on the field, instructions can be distracting, not just for your own kid but also for others on the field.
- Respect the players, even if they are competition It does feel great if your kid scores over competition. But it’s rather rude to shout slogans against competition. Winning in the game is different than winning over the players. Rather than roughing up competitors, teach your child to give a hand to a player who just fell down, even if she’s from the opponent team.
- Watch out for signs of anxiety Game is ideally supposed to be a de-stressor. If your child is not enjoying the game and has a constant look of anger or frustration, you should know that there’s something bothering her. That’s a sign that your child needs help.
- Watch out for your child’s behavior with the teammates A lot of emotional quotient or social kills of your kid can be seen in the game. Watch out how your kid behaves with her team mates and with the competition. A keen observation and help in time can secure the kid a great career and life as she grows up.
- Observe the coach Many a times the coach can come on a little too strongly on the kids, sometimes coaches can bully kids to disturbing levels. You need to take notice of the coach’s behavior with kids. If you notice kids are scared, you might want to take it up with the coach.
- Set an example Your children watch you and whether you may or may not notice, they follow you. Respect people around, even if they are from the opposing team. Be available for help. Smile, even if your team loses. Have friendly handshakes with all parents after the game along with an encouraging pat on the back or cheering words for all little athletes.