Apr 23, 2015 | Admin | 2302 views
Six Simple Words
What We Should Say When Our Kids Perform
The most liberating words parents can speak to their child athlete are quite simple. Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as they perform are:
Before the Competition: After the Competition:
1. Have fun. 1. Did you have fun?
2. Play hard. 2. I’m proud of you.
3. I love you. 3. I love you.
Six Simple Words…
Experts suggest six simple words parents can express that produce the most positive results in their performing children. After interacting with students, they report:
College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a competitive sporting event. Their overwhelming response:
“I love to watch you play.”
That’s it. Those six words. How interesting. How liberating to the parent. How empowering to the child-athlete. No pressure. No correction. No judgment. (That’s the coach’s job). Just pure love of their child using their gift in competition.