Supporting Student Athletes With Compassionate Accountability®
School is back in session and Fall sports are in full swing. I have three daughters, each of them plays competitive volleyball, one in middle school, one in high school, and one in college. So this is my favorite time of year! And it can be stressful for all of us.
School sports is a terrific way for young people to develop physically, mentally, and socially. Learning new skills, playing as part of a team, and experiencing competition are important life skills. And it can be a terrifying and stressful time as well. Fear of rejection is everywhere. Body image and physical abilities are magnified. Locker room gossip creates drama.
Supporting your student athlete is a big responsibility. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you and your child athlete make the most of this Fall sports season.
These tips are about compassionate accountability, which means equal measures of caring, curiosity, and consistency. It means helping your child without rescuing them, supporting them without joining them in gossip, and practicing accountability without compromising anyone’s dignity or your relationship.
Practice these tips to have a more enjoyable Fall sports season and do your part to make it a great one for your child as well.
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