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Why Sports Parents Must Choose Acceptance Over Judgment

When children enter the world of youth sports they unwittingly add one more opportunity for themselves to be judged, evaluated, and corrected. However, it is unlikely any of them thought about this prior to wanting to play. They sign up for sports to have fun, enjoy their friends, learn new skills, and challenge themselves through…
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The Agent-Parent: What is Your Hero Score?

The Sport-Parent Quiz on the Growing Champions for Life website provides you with a score for your most common reactions and behaviors to your child’s athletic performance. The higher your Hero score the easier it is to have a healthy, long-lasting, and loving relationship with your child, and the easier it will be for your…
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The Car Ride Home: Post-Game Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

If your car rides home after a game have become a little tense; if one parent seems to give performance lectures; and if your child displays strong defensive tendencies, please read on. This is the most common of all sport-family mistakes and it can be fixed. First you must recognize certain key facts about post-game…
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Play the Rating Game When Coaching Young Athletes

As you watch your child practice it’s tempting to deliver all your information by “telling” him the answers to every imperfection. Your analytical side is dying to make the necessary corrections so he or she can be a super star. There are two problems with this approach. First, your child is going to become resentful…
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