Posted 09/17/2021 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

082 Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

The conversations that take place after competitive matches or events can often be emotionally charged for the young athlete, parents and coach.  

Yet do you consider the importance of these conversations and the impact this can have on their sporting experience?

This podcast episode is designed to help you take a step back and consider whether your approach is useful.  It will help you start supporting your son or daughter or athletes so that they develop a growth mindset and have healthy self-confidence and self-esteem.

You’ll stop instilling fear to motivate them, you’ll go on to create a safe and supportive environment so that they want to train and compete for themselves.  They’ll also likely go on to play with more freedom and enjoy themselves more too which is what it should be all about when you’re young.

Key Takeaways include:

  • Supporting children to develop the quality of learning orientation will mean that they’ll be more likely to respond positively to challenges or obstacles, seeking the learning from such situations.
  • They’ll place an emphasis on improving their skills.  
  • New experiences and the unexpected they’ll handle well, worrying less than many people. 
  • Do you place too much emphasis on external factors (winning, losing, the scoreboard in your conversations) perhaps start asking some different questions?
  • Do you get caught up in making assumptions around your child’s thinking and pointing things out that may not have happened in their world?

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Blog – How to Help Young Footballers Find the Zone

Blog – How do You Give a Young Golfer Self Confidence

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