The Only Six Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids About Sports—Or Any Performance

The Only Six Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids About Sports—Or Any Performance

As a coach (go Ajax Spartans Pee Wee Select!!) I would say “Yes” to this article. So much truth. Please take a few minutes to check it out.

Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as [kids] perform are:

Before the Competition:  

Have fun.

Play hard.

I love you.

After the competition:

Did you have fun?

I’m proud of you.

I love you.

I find the last one before and after interesting: “I love you” I cannot tell you how many times after one of my talks I hear a teen or young adult tell me that their parents have never told them that they are loved. How about this for a little take away. Tell your kids you love them. This might look different for each of you. For some of you it might mean a quick text or a phone call. For others grab your kids when you see them next and tell them you love them. Side Note: If they are shocked when you tell them … you probably not told them enough.

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About The Author

Brett Ullman

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders, and parents on topics including parenting, mental health, sexuality, pornography, men, dating and media. Brett's seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.

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