Stay Confident After A Loss
It’s easy to hurt your young athletes’ confidence after a game, saying the wrong things or talking too much about the game, especially if your team lost.
Many kids link their self-esteem with their performance. We don’t want that to happen. Too often, parents say things that sink kids’ confidence and self-esteem after a game.
What’s more, they inadvertently “punish” kids after bad games and “reward” them for good games.
For example, showing excitement is a reward and being silent after a bad game can feel like punishment to a young athlete.
Instead, parents need to:
- Think hard about the subtle rewards and punishments you unintentionally send to your sports kids after a game or performance.
- Try to stay consistent in your body language and other reactions after a game, ie, don’t show too much emotion if the team wins or loses (We know this isn’t easy!)
- Don’t focus on your child’s mistakes after a game—and don’t suggest that kids shouldn’t make mistakes; they should!
- Help kids understand that their self-esteem should not be linked to whether they win or lose. Tell them you love them no matter what.
Want to learn more about what to say or do after your young athlete’s game or performance?
At Kids’ Sports Psychology, exclusive members can immediately download an eBook, “Post-Game Tips for Boosting Kids’ Confidence” here:
Post Game Checklist for Parents: Boosting Kids’ Confidence
Exclusive members also have access to loads of other resources, including additional eBooks—some written for parents, some just for young athletes. Plus we’ve got videos, articles, audios and more.
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~Dr. Adam Glantzman
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