Parents have taken the world of sports to an entirely new level of competition. From yelling at the other team’s fans to going head-to-head with the coach, it’s safe to say some parents have gotten too emotionally involved in their kid’s sport. When this happens it’s important to take a step back and remember that our glory days have come and gone. It’s our kids’ turn now. It’s a time for them to learn lessons and experience their own journey in sports. So parents, get out of their way. You know all too well how quickly your time as an athlete goes by. Allow your child to enjoy it while it lasts. Check out these 10 things all parents of athletes should know. 

  1. It’s not about you. Your glory days are over and it is unfair to try to re-live them through your child. It’s their turn now. Let them make their own choices.
  2. Never talk to the coach about your child’s play time. If your child feels that he or she is not getting a fair amount of time, it’s his or her job to take it up with the coach.
  3. Never yell at referees- no matter how much you think they deserve it. Remind yourself they are doing their job.
  4. Never coach your child from the sideline. Be their biggest cheerleader instead.
  5. No pressure. You’re probably not raising the next Michael Jordan, so relax a bit. Let your child have fun and learn lessons.
  6. Avoid cross training until they are in middle school. Allow them to play the sport that is in season. This will help prevent future injuries or burnouts. As they get older and decide what sport they would like to focus on, then you can begin participating in travel teams.
  7. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
  8. Put your pent up energy into a new hobby. If you are getting all worked up on the sideline, it’s time to take a long hard look at yourself and figure out why.
  9. Your kids are watching you. You may be watching them, but they are also fully aware of what you’re doing on the sideline or in the stands. Don’t be “that” parent. Make them proud, not embarrassed.
  10. Let them fail. It will only make them better in the long run.

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