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4 best tips for sports parents

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

1. Your child might have another agenda than you

Mental TIP: Ask your child why they participate in their sport, and ask what the child feel he/she gain from it. Ask what is the best, most fun and exciting part of their sport. Take note of these answers and use these next time you give your child feedback on their performance. When you take part in their answers, you show empathy and you can more easily talk directly to your child and thus better motivate them. 2. Your child just want to have fun

Mental TIP: It is not a given that your child is doing sports to become the next national or international star. Mange youth players do their sports because they think it is fun and because they want to be social with their friends. As a parent you have the unique opportunity of making your child's experience with sports better and more developing. Remember that the cornerstone in your child's motivation is happiness and fulfilment.

Mental training in sports
Mental training sports

3. Use positive enforcement and positive feedback Mental TIP:

Compliment your child's thoughts and opinions with positive feedback and positive enforcement. For example:

- Normalise the negative experience in sport - Use reciprocity with your own experiences in sports

- Highlight the positive elements in all matters

This helps the child to build self-esteem, confidence and mental strength and the feeling of they can themselves.

Remember that your communication must have the purpose of creating or developing mental skills for your child and not pin-pointing their mistakes and flaws. All children and kids do this enough themselves.

Ask yourselves: What can I do do to increase the confidence and well-being for my child, so that they naturally want to share things and experiences with you. 4:Remember that your child probably already have one coach

Mental TIP: You do not need to be their extra coach. It is better for you, your child and your interconnected relationship that you are the thoughtful, listening and non-judgemental parent who supports and engage positively in their sport.

Thus, try and take the position of being an observer instead of being interfering and wanting to give the answers and verbal cues. Let your child try things on their own. This way you can also enjoy the game much more.

You can read more about mental training and performance in the article here: Written by

HH Performance and help from creative art specialist Sofia Sørensen

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