When to Get Your Kids in Sports, And Why You Should Do It

There is often a fine line for parents between encouraging and supporting their children in sports and having extreme, sometimes unrealistic, expectations. Carolynn Smith, a Hall of Famer in NCAA Women’s Basketball and successful business owner says there are steps you can take to encourage and make sports a positive topic in your home.

Instill confidence. Confidence comes from the ability to have faith and belief in one’s self.

Encourage passion and a healthy, competitive mindset. A goal and a plan have to be coupled with desire. Let your child know that it is okay to be competitive and passionate about a game or activity that they love. Embrace and encourage passion by reviewing what it means to have a healthy, competitive mindset. Sit down with your child and set both short-term and long-term goals.

Promote a positive family culture. Provide positive reinforcement by recalling for your child a good strategic move they made in a game or how they have improved a particular skill. Remind them that competitiveness is not just about winning; it’s about passion and confidence. Competitiveness is the fire inside of your child, the spark that fosters creativity, artistry, persistence and the desire to improve.

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