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How to Communicate With Your Child's Coach

By Janis B Meredith, JBM Thinks, 01/09/18, 12:00PM CST

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If you want your child’s coach to really listen, take time to see them as a real person with their own challenges, frustrations, and joys. Seek to understand, then to be understood.

How did your child’s youth sports coach respond the last time you went to him or her with a problem? Coaches may nod their heads and smile, but there’s always a chance that they are only hearing you, and not really listening.

Coaches hear every parent that confronts them, but there is a big difference between hearing and listening.

The dictionary says that hearing is the act of perceiving sound, while listening is described as paying attention, giving heed to.