What to say to your young athlete after a game
Parents make these common mistakes during post-game conversations with their young athletes. Dr Jay-Lee Nair shares her strategies for fixing them
As the parent of a young athlete, you want to be a pillar of support for them.
But emotions run high and often take the better of you after a game. During the debriefing – that is, the conversation with your athlete on the trip or car ride home after a game – you unintentionally say things that sound hurtful to your athlete or make them anxious.
Or you feel that your athlete is shutting you out. Walking on eggshells around them, you struggle with what to say – and end up saying nothing.
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