As a parent, you will play an influential role in your children’s involvement in sports. Often, you are the primary reason they become interested in participating and why they continue over time. All parents want their children to benefit from the positive aspects of sport, such as making new friends, learning new skills, being physically active, and having fun, but sometimes it can be hard to keep a perspective about what sport is supposed to be for kids when coaches and other parents are talking about select camps/academies, individual skill lessons, early development, and getting on the “right” team or with the “best” coach. To help you positively handle your children’s entry into sport, we encourage you to read our “Parent’s Guide to Creating a Positive Sport Environment.” Inside it you will find information and suggestions that can help you make sport the experience you want it to be for your kids. You also may want to visit Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS), which contains additional helpful information for those working with kids in sport.
If you would like more information about our sport psychology services and how we could work with your children’s team, their coaches, or even you, please visit our services page. In addition to our direct services, we offer a variety of free resources, including access to all of our Sport Psychology Newsletters and our Performance Notes.