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We want our sons and daughters to have goals, am I right? We want them to work towards their goals. Supporting your young athlete doesn’t have to be challenging. It all boils down to communication. Being supportive is both a verbal and physical action. Our eldest daughter, Isis, has always loved sports. She enjoys being active all year round, which if I am being honest, is both a blessing and curse. When you have a young athlete who is active all year through, that means you are too! There are no lazy days as a supportive parent of an athlete.
Ways to Support Your Young Athlete
Isis is the kind of athlete who’s confidence builds with positive affirmations. Each season, you see a timid girl on the floor and come the end of the season, you see a transformed player. We spend the entire season working with her to build her confidence. It’s amazing watching her overall growth and improvement. That’s why supporting our young athlete is so important to us.
If you want to know the best way to support your athlete, start by asking your athlete what they need. When we asked Isis what she wants/needs for support, she gave us the following:
- Show up! While yes, your son/daughter loves it when you’re there in the flesh to cheer them on, your young athlete appreciates encouraging messages when you can’t. Being there means encouraging them no matter what.
- Cheering Them On! Yes, they like it if you attend. Even if they act like it’s embarrassing, they love hearing you cheer for them, “Go Isis, Good job Isis, Good Hustle”, etc. If you create a sign or wear their number, yes, they like that too!
- Positive Pep Talks! I’ll admit this one comes from home. Give your young athlete some helpful pointers, tips, and encouragement pre-game. Then post game tell them what they did right, what you’re proud of, and what could use some improvement.
- Practice/Work With Them! They’ve got goals, sometimes hands on is best. Take them to the court/field on the weekends, show them some moves. Get physical with them. Go over plays, or work on what they want to work on. Bottom line, give your time.
- Snacks and Hydration! We always have snacks in the house, but Isis loves it when she has snacks JUST for her, for her sports. It makes her feels special and knows that we care. Pick up Protein Packs and Powerade at Walmart. “When shoppers purchase two 8-packs of 20 oz POWERADE at Walmart, they’ll be able to go online, submit their receipt, and order a free custom “Just a Kid” reusable sports bottle. Go to Powerade at Walmart to learn more. The offer is good until April 4, 2016 or while supplies last.”
I love her list, because it fits right in line not only with what we do, but it also shows that she sees and appreciates what we do for her. These ways, help our young athlete reach her greatest potential. She not only feels loved, she feels supported and encouraged. As a mom, it is very important to me that my young athlete knows that we love and support her goals and dreams. At the end of the day, while Isis still has a few years before she’ll be out in the world on her own, we want to give her the best now. So that when she ventures out into the world somewhere, we’ll begin to watch her story unfold. Sports has made a major impact in her day to day life, it has helped her become a stronger person and a leader at her school.
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Do you have a young athlete in your life?
In what ways do you support and encourage them?
Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your ideas!