How to Handle Your Child’s Lack of Playing Time in Sports

Introduction:

When it comes to playing time in sports, many parents are stuck in the habit of living vicariously through their children. Or they measure their value as a parent by how their child performs. Many want their child to have positive experiences, be high performers, and be happy and they equate a positive athletic experience with playing time.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset:

I did not want my son to grow up and become entitled. So, although I was disappointed that he did not play much either, I was excited to use this as a teaching opportunity. It was a great chance to teach him to develop a growth mindset.

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Conversation with my son:

September 24, 2018:

Chase: Dad, I did not play much in the game today.

June 26, 2019

Flag Football All-Star Game 6/26/19

Conclusion:

Life is hard, and we should prepare our children for the tough times that await them. Sports are a great training ground for teaching them the survival skills needed to navigate the challenging waters of life.

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Drew Torres

Drew Torres

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PE teacher and former Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Freedom High School. Founder of Revision Training. www.revisiontraining.com