By Claude Vinson
model for our kids Part II
the column focused on the importance of youngsters
enjoying their baseball experience.
continue it this week all taken from Little League
seem to abandon good principles of child rearing when
their child is participating in sports. However, just as
your childs home, school and religious environment
affect the type of person he or she will be, so does the
sports environment when your child is young.
children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learned to be
If children live with praise, they learn to like
If children live with approval, they learn to like
If children live with recognition, they have to have
If children live with honesty, they learn what trust
Here is a
list of questions you should consider when your child
begins playing Little League. If you can honestly answer
yes to each one, you will find little trouble ahead.
you share your son or daughter?
This means trusting the coach to guide
your childs Little League
experiences. It means accepting the
coachs authority and the fact that
he or she may gain some of your
childs admiration that once was
directed toward you.
you admit your shortcomings?
Sometimes we slip up as parents, our
emotions causing us to speak before we
think. We judge our child too hastily,
perhaps only to learn later the
childs actions were justified. It
takes character for parents to admit they
made a mistake and to discuss it with
you accept your childs disappointments?
Sometimes being a parent means being a
target for a childs anger and
frustration. Accepting your childs
disappointment also means watching your
child play poorly during a game when all
of his or her friends succeed, or not
being embarrassed into anger when your
10-year-old breaks down into tears after
a failure. Keeping your frustration in
check will help your son or daughter
you accept your childs triumphs?
This sounds much easier than it often is.
Some parents, not realizing it, may
become competitive with their daughter or
son, especially if the youngster receives
considerable recognition. When a child
plays well in a game, parents may dwell
on minor mistakes, describe how an older
brother or sister did even better, or
boast about how they played better many
you give your child some time?
Some parents are very busy, even though
they are interested in their childs
participation and want to encourage it.
Probably the best solution is never
promise more than you can deliver. Ask
about your childs experiences, and
make every effort to watch as many games
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