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How To Have A Conversation After Practice

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Watch youth sport coaches from around the country put the principles from Play Positive and Positive Coaching Alliance to work with their athletes.

During practices and games, parents should leave coaching to the coaches. But after practice is a great time for parents to speak with their children and reinforce what the athlete is learning through sports. This example of a mother asking her son a few questions after practice shows how a parents can engage with their children.

She starts out just by asking just generally how practice went, which invites her son to open up in conversation. She also asks early on if he had fun during practice, which emphasizes the idea that sports should be fun. The next few questions are about specifics of his play, which shows that she is engaged and interested in how he’s performing. At the end of the brief conversation, the mom shifts the focus onto the next part of the child's day. Parents are responsible for the overall well-being of their children, and refocusing on another part of life helps to keep sports in perspective.

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