A Youth Development Expert's Advice On Kids Quitting Sports
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Jennifer Agans (@circusjen) is a doctoral student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Macalester College (2010; Phi Beta Kappa), and a master's degree in Child Development at Tufts University (2012). Jen currently works as a graduate research assistant on a project entitled "Evaluating the Positive Coaching Alliance Model: Developing Competitors of Character" within the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development.
In this video, Jen advises parents whose kids want to quit a sport to find out why. If it's a problem with peers or coaches that can't be worked out, consider joining another team instead of quitting the sport altogether. If the issue is the sport itself, then consider replacing it with another sport or different activity.