Tuesday, 13 November 2018

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Single Parent’s Guide to Good Sports Parenting


Youth sports have become more demanding than ever. The kind of time and resources that one needs to put in, it gets difficult managing other things around the house. Especially if you have a child at home who actively participates in sports, things get even more difficult. You have to manage your full-time job with the kid’s sport commitment, invest in all that expensive sports gear and save money for home needs. We haven’t even started about the college fund yet.

We’re sure you are already doing your best at it. but just to make your life easier, here are a few tips that can help make your child’s sports experience richer while easing it all on you.

·        Don’t focus on winning, winning, winning. Let the child enjoy the game and the overall experience of playing.

·        Let the coach do his job, don’t try and meddle with the technique or strategy of the game. You will not only spoil it for your child and the team, but you will also upset the coach and damage the coach-team trust.

·        Support your child by being her no.1 fan when she wins, and when she loses, be sure to give her your silent support until she’s willing to talk about it.

·        Build a support system around with other parents wherein you could take turns with carpool, volunteering, being by the stands, etc.

·        Always look for used stuff for sports gear since children outgrow fast. You’ll be amazed to find how reasonable the used stuff can be, and most of it is as good as new.

·        If you have to, cut down on entertainment expenses. Find something fun to do around the house.

·        Do not get in-secure if your ex comes to the games or shows interest in the child’s sport, rather have them share some of the responsibility.


Remember, set realistic expectations from child’s sports participation. Let the child make the most of the sports experience overall. Sports will help build strength, character, discipline and team spirit, which will all come in handy in the long run. According to a study by USA Today, only 1 in 6,000 high school football players goes pro, whereas in baseball the chances are 1 in 4,000 and in basketball the chances are 1 in 10,000 kids. If your child has that kind of exceptional talent and passion for the game it will show. Don’t burden the child with the aspiration of college scholarship as well. Various studies have suggested that most kids quit organized sports by the age of 13. So, all you must look for is a happy experience for the child; happiness has become extremely rare, especially with kids these days.


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