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Five Ways to Exercise Patience as a Sports Parent

By Janis Meredith, USA Football, 03/15/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Be slow to speak; quick to listen. When you listen to your kid, and really listen, you have a better chance of understanding them.

If you are a sports parent, you will lose your patience. It can’t be helped. In your opinion, kids don’t try hard enough sometimes and may not seem to care about doing their best in sports – goofing off at practice and messing around. That may drive you crazy some days, but it’s important that you remain patient and calm or else youth sports can become more about you than your child.

There is no quick fix for learning patience. However, while your child is exercising their physical muscles to become a stronger athlete, you must exercise your patience muscles so that you can become a better sports parent.