Parental Encouragement
Posted on 09/01/2020

Playing sports, especially football, may help build the self-confidence of kids, improve their social interaction, and gain health benefits. However, parenting support also plays a vital role when it comes to encouraging the children.


Although parenting support can greatly affect the performance of your child, giving the right feedback should be considered since children can be sensitive in perceiving an opinion from adults.


As a parent, what are the things you need to do to help your child gain inspiration to play football?


Hear Them Out

Listening is the first step in motivating a child. If your kid loves football and wants to become a professional football player, then do your best to help them reach their goals. Giving them the words of affirmation is a great way to encourage them, throughout their training ventures.


Support Them

If you try to force a sport that your child may not want to be a part of, their motivation (and resulting enjoyment) may suffer. As a parent, you need to demonstrate your support for their chouces and show that you're with them for the whole journey. You can also motivate them by acknowledging even their smallest efforts, giving them the confidence to work hard and improve their game.


Set the example

Parents are the great influencers of a child. The relationship between parents and their kids is far more special than anyone else. Consequently, children tend to apply the things they learned from their parents. You can start by introducing them to the game, invite them to watch AFL games with you, or practice simple football drills to enhance their skills.


Set Goals

Most successful football players take part in some form of goal setting. Giving your kids a clear picture of the link between hard work and success is crucial at a young age for life on and off the field. You can always help put by giving them a few tips on how they should envision their goal --- how and when they should achieve it.


Teach the Importance of Teamwork

Working with a team is important to teach your kid - playing football requires mental and physical coordination individually and collectively - learning how to execute strategies well to win the game.


Making Mistakes Are Not A Big Deal

As the old saying goes by Stella Adler, “You will only fail to learn if you do not learn from failing.” It is inevitable for a child to make mistakes. This is where the method of trial and error happen in the early stage of the youth. Encourage your child that failures happen for a reason, and it is not a bad thing to make mistakes. 


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