Tips for parents and coaches

September 19, 1997

Tips for parents:

Don't view your kids' accomplishments or failures as your own.

Encourage kids to try a lot of different things so if they fail at one, there are other interests to pursue.

If a child is failing in one area, talk about the things he or she does well and then ask about failings.

Discourage kids from beating themselves up for poor performance, as long as they tried.

Tips for coaches:

Respect all players regardless of their skill levels.

Enforce rules that require players to treat their teammates with respect, or don't let them play the next game.

Create a safe environment for kids to experiment with their talents by rewarding effort over skill.

Sources: area guidance counselors and Dr. Elizabeth Brown

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