Spring is just around the corner, which means many parents are gearing their young ones up for little league sports.
It’s easy for parents to take the reigns and push their children into playing a sport, but I’m here to remind you of one thing: This isn’t about you.
“They don’t want you to be part of the game, they just want to know that you’re there supporting them,” said Bertrand Berry, former Arizona Cardinal defensive end and Arizona Sports talk show host.
Berry stresses that, when it comes to the parents, less is more. Allow your child to guide their own sporting experience, without being too overbearing.
“The less that you’re involved in the actual game and the interaction with the coaches and the player,” he said, “the more that you’re going to be there for all the right reasons.”
The 13-year NFL veteran and father offered parents one thread of advice: Support your child, even if they are not destined to be the next Serena Williams or Michael Phelps.
Cheer them on when they win and teach him how to have fun and practice good sportsmanship. And most importantly, don’t force them do play a sport if they don’t want to.
“If you’re a parent and you understand what it takes to be a better player at that particular sport, then you encourage and you can maybe suggest,” he said. “But to force them out there is not going to get the results that you want.”