You can coach your kid(s) on a team and feel good doing it. However, sometimes it’s a tricky road separating yourself from parenthood and dealing with other parents.
Here are 5 tips that can help you find a good balance
1 – Your child should be aware of your intentions before you think of doing it. It is proper for them to comprehend and agree to it first. If you inform them that there is the possibility of other kids and other parents gossiping about it, it would help a lot in getting them prepared. And they also have to understand there will be no favoritism or special treatment from you as this is the proper way to get the job done.
2 – You should not demand that your child be the best. This could put a lot of pressure on him/her and ruin their experience. It is better to act natural in front of all the kids and treat your kid the same.
3 – It is a good idea to get someone on-board who will act as an assistant to discipline your kid during the game if you have problems separating yourself from being the parent. A third party opinion can also be invaluable as it could open your eyes to some important things you weren’t considering before. And it could also be all that you need to make it a great experience for you, your kid, and the rest of the team.
4 – Your assistant has a huge role to play. S/he should be the person to hear complaints and/or opinions from parents in regard to your job. Someone who will keep you informed and updated on recent concerns and opinions from parents. S/he could also help you to resolve some problems too.
5 – On your way home with your kid, ask for their opinion about the game—not as a coach, but as a mother or father. This could help to smooth the rough edges and help improve your performance.
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