Parenting Youth Athletes: Reversed Roles?

Guest blogger Marla Miller on the Moms Team website talks about changing the culture of youth sports.

Marla talks about parents needing to have empathy for their own children out on the playing field and thinking more about what children go through before, during and after sports play:

If there was a youth sports “P.T.A.” and I happened to be president, here’s what I’d do: ferret out all parents who never played out their own athletic dreams and make them play one season in the sport of their choice.

Okay, you may think this sounds crazy, perhaps, but if parents had to do this before their child played a sport in any serious and focused way, what these parents might learn is just how tough it is to perform on a field/court filled with teammates and opponents; some rooting for you, some hoping to take you out.

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