Cal South E-News | December 2011 PARENT EDUCATION
|Why We Play: Getting on the Same Page with Our Kids|
Why do your children want to play youth sports? Why do they want to participate?
Once you consider those answers and recognize where you and your child agree and differ, you can establish common ground for conversations that will help you and your child get what you want from youth sports.
To start, let's talk about possible goals that you might have for your child. (And keep in mind, this is the beginning of a list - feel free to add others to the list.) Consider ranking them from 1-10 - what would be your top 3?
• Become a good athlete
Now, consider asking this same question of your kids. What are their top 3? You might be surprised to see what they are thinking. Getting "level set" through this conversation helps both of you get on the same page. And in the end, that helps both of you get the most out of the youth sports experience.
The ranking exercise serves several purposes:
• Helps us as parents articulate and prioritize our goals
What is also interesting about this exercise is the diversity of responses - of our fellow parents as well as our kids. Why did you rank what you did as number one? And what did you think of your child's number one ranking?