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Are You a Good Sports Parent? These Five Tips Can Help You

By Cleveland Clinic, 05/22/19, 12:00PM CDT


A big part of playing sports is about experiencing the physicality of movement and becoming more coordinated.

We’ve all heard about (or have seen) the overbearing parent who shouts too loudly at games, bullies the coach to play their child more, and every once in a while gets ejected from the game. The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) even has a program for parents whose members make a pledge to “bench irrational behavior in youth sports.” So whether your child is extremely good at his or her sport or still struggling to do the basics, here are five tips on being a good role model and helping your child to make the most of his or her playing experience from pediatric psychiatrist Joseph Austerman, DO.

1. Focus on the fun of the sport

Play is the basis of how we learn everything. We have to make some mistakes along the way to learn how to do things the right way. “As a parent you are the most aware of the mistakes that your child is making,” says Dr. Austerman.