8 Parent-Child Conversations That Can Help Your Athlete Through a Hard Season

by Justin Sayban

When a season isn’t going well, you have to guide your child through the problem. Here are some great questions to help you start the conversation and find solutions:

Why do you want to play?

Mention all the wrong reasons to play – trying to be like parents or siblings, wanting to be noticed, wanting to be a star.

Also talk about the right reasons to play – exercise, friendships, pursuing a dream and of course, for the love of the sport!

Who are you playing for?

The coach?

Us (parents)?

Your friends or other kids

You should be playing for yourself, for personal satisfaction, for a greater purpose if you have one or for your team who you’ve already made a commitment to.