Parents have an especially important role to play as a Second-Goal Parent; who helps their child become a Triple-Impact Competitor; who makes self, teammates and the game better.
The Big Picture in Youth Sports
A Second-Goal Parent recognizes that there is a Little Picture and a Big Picture in youth sports. The Little Picture concerns things like whether the child is playing the right position, the team is winning, etc. The Big Picture, which often gets drowned out by the Little Picture, is about what the child is learning from youth sports. As important as winning may seem, Second-Goal Parents let coaches and athletes worry about the first goal of scoreboard results. Second-Goal Parents have a much more important role to play: ensuring their children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life. That is the Big Picture.
Procession of Teachable Moments
If you embrace your role as a Second-Goal Parent, it will transform the way you see youth sports. It will help you seize the endless procession of teachable moments that will come your way again and again when you are looking for them. What might have seemed like a disappointing loss or a failure by your child becomes an opportunity to reinforce resiliency. Whether your child succeeds or fails on the playing field, you will be able to use the experiences to reinforce the kind of person you want them to be. Read and download the entire article on the The Second-Goal Parent below.
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