All Athletes no matter the age needs encouragement in the game. They wanted to be praised so they can give their best shot in their game. A study shows that players who were encouraged by their parents regularly become better team players. In addition to that, children who gets encouragement frequently becomes more optimistic, more likely to listen, more coachable and they are able to handle criticism very well and they are likely to respond without resistance.
One way to show encouragement to your kids is to be present in their games and cheer for them. But of course being there is not enough, you have to show your encouragement in the form of bringing soccer banners and flags in every game. It will not only add decoration to the team but as well as encourage the players to give their best.
Children needs more than just your presence and your words of encouragement, they also need your trust. Trust that they can win the game but not to the point that you will sugar coat everything that you will say to the point of lying to them. When giving advice to your kids, it would be helpful to mix specific truthful pieces of advice and praise as well as critique. Do not worry about hurting the feelings of your kids, just make sure to use the right set of words. Children will learn to take constructive criticism as time goes by so they would realize the importance of your words. (more…)