As a parent, you want your child to reach their full potential, to find their passion, work hard and believe that the sky’s the limit. When it comes to athletics, you want your child to be the best. You believe in them so much, you may think to yourself “He’s the next Michael Jordan” as your son hits that 3-pointer or “She’s going to play in a World Cup one day” when you see your daughter on the soccer field. These are all great aspirations to have and as a parent supporting your child, fostering confidence in them is so crucial.
With that being said, there’s a line between supporting your child vs. pressuring your child. In today’s world we often forget that kids are, well, kids.
Athletics can be a nurturing and beneficial environment for your child when the right positive support and motivation is given. But it can also become a negative and toxic environment when we forget that kids are kids and expect them to be performing at a professional level when they are not even at the high school level.
Your child may one day become a professional athlete, but for now keep in mind that professional athletes were once kids too.
Check out our latest blog on the progression of youth sports training to learn more.