Sports Kids Who Learn From Games
Kids need to walk away from games with renewed confidence—or at least with their confidence intact.
In the third of our series of podcasts about post-game tips, that’s the idea we want parents and coaches to embrace. Kids are hard on themselves.
They tend to beat themselves up and focus on their mistakes after a game. They don’t need parents and coaches focusing on mistakes, too.
Instead of beating themselves up, kids really need to understand that mistakes and failure are an opportunity to learn and grow. After a game or performance, that’s what parents and coaches need to focus on.
“You need to talk to your kids about learning,” says mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn in the podcast discussion.
“If the kids are young, it’s about the experience of being there. It’s all about getting along with kids in the group and taking feedback from a coach.
If they’re older, they should focus on what they did well and what they can improve on.”
After a game, be sure that your young athletes aren’t focused on making other people happy—whether they’re friends, parents or coaches. They need to focus on playing well, he notes.
That means when they say things like, “My friends are mad at me for missing that shot,” remind them that it’s okay to make mistakes—and that they should focus on improvement—rather than on making others happy.
Want to learn more about how to help kids learn and grow after games?
You can listen to our entire “Post-Game Tips #3” discussion here:
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