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Parents

 

There are many types of parents and parenting styles. There's the parent that shows little interest in his child's activities. There's the critical parent that is never satisfied with his child's performance. There's the parent that sees himself as knowing more than the coach. There's the over-protective parent that is always concerned and worried about his child's well being.

 

All of these types of parents create stress in their children! In fact the intensity of the child – parent relationship puts, by definition, pressure on the child. It is true even with the “perfect” parent.  The child craves the approval of the parent and wants to succeed in making the parent proud. The child knows how invested the parent is in his sport emotionally and financially not to mention the enormous amount of time he spends at practices and games. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on the child as he feels the need to succeed in order to please the parent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your child has chosen a path in life that is unique as day after day and week after week

he is continually putting himself on the line and risking failure.

You can help your child:

Take risks

Focus on

things he can control

Focus on performance and improvement

See a difficult situation in a

positive way

Respect the coach

Have fun

Remember, sport is what we do, not who we are.

This is a tool to begin a dialogue with your child. There are no right or wrong answers;

there may be more than one answer for each question.

  • I prefer that my parents

___ come to all my practices.

___ come to some of my practices.

___ come to none of my practices.

___other

 

  • I prefer that my parents

___ come to all my matches.

___ come to some of my matches.

___ come to none of my matches.

___other

 

  • I prefer that my parents

___ speak with my coach often.

___ speak with my coach occasionally.

___ only speak with my coach when I agree.

___ never speak with my coach.

 

  • Before an important match, I prefer my parents

___ speak with me about the match.

___ speak with me about other things - not sport.

___ not speak with me.

 

  • During the match, I prefer my parents to

___ actively encourage me.

___ watch quietly.

___ help me if I have a problem with my opponent.

___ yell at me when I make a mistake.

  

  • After a match that I win, I prefer my parents

___ hug me.

___ tell me what I did well.

___ tell me what I didn't do well.

___ take me for something to eat.

___ talk about the match in the car.

___ talk about the match at home.

___ not talk to me about the match.

 

  • After a match that I lose, I prefer my parents

___ hug me.

___ tell me what I did well.

___ tell me what I didn't do well.

___ take me for something to eat.

___ talk about the match in the car.

___ talk about the match at home.

___ not talk to me about the match.

 

  • When I am in a "down" period with my tennis, I prefer my parents

___ speak with me about it.

___ not speak with me about it.

___ speak with the coach.

___ speak with other parents.