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101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent

101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent

No. 8852


Making Athletics a Positive Experience for Your Child
by Joel Fish, Ph.D., and Susan Magee

The determining factor in whether a child between the ages of six and seventeen enjoys athletics is his or her parents—not the sport, coach, or team. Yet, parents are often unaware of how their behavior and expectations impact their child's experience.

In 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent, Dr. Joel Fish, a sport psychologist who is also the dad of three young athletes, shares both his clinical expertise and practical experience to help parents develop a deeper understanding of the many issues that surround the young athlete. For athletes of all skill levels, from Little League to high school, Dr. Fish discusses how to:

  • Help your child reach his or her full athletic potential
  • Develop strategies to deal with competitive pressure
  • Know if you're too involved or not involved enough
  • Interact successfully with your child's coach, and more
  • With insights into the different developmental and self-esteem issues facing girls and boys, information on parenting a superstar athlete, and special tips for single parents, 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent will help any parent make sports a memorable and happy experience for their child. (302 pp.)

    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION:
    Why our sports-playing kids need our help

    I. AWARENESS
    Why you're the most important influence

    II. COMPETITION
    It's not good or bad—it's how your child learns to handle it

    III. PERFORMANCE
    Practice doesn't always make perfect

    IV. SPECIALIZATION
    More isn't necessarily better

    V. COACHING CONCERNS
    Cultivate a positive relationship

    VI. SIBLING RIVALRY
    Foster a healthy competitive environment

    VII. INJURY
    Prepare your child, physically and emotionally, for her sport

    VIII. QUITTING
    If it's not fun, something is wrong

    IX. SELF-ESTEEM
    Empower your child through sports

    X. FAMILY ISSUES
    Work together in the best interest of your children—and respect your own needs

    CONCLUSION:
    Creating positive memories for kids in sports

     

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