Are you that parent?
Sports are recreation for our kids and recreation is supposed to be fun. Right? As adults we sometimes make it too difficult for our children to have fun. We give them the talk before the game. We watch the game. We yell at the game. We complain about the game and the ride home from the game; well that’s filled with more about the game. We should be helping our children to learn good etiquette, sportsmanship, respect and teamwork. Parents screaming at the refs, yelling at their children and berating the coaches is not fun — it’s embarrassing — lowers self-esteem and builds an “I don’t care attitude.”
It’s just hockey!
Whatever sport it is, it should be about having fun and building some memories. Hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, it’s by far not an easy sport and playing the game is what should be important. Win or Lose. (of course winning is always better, especially when done gracefully). Don’t be that parent that spews horrible words about your child’s teammate, using profanity to discuss how you feel about the coach, refs or other parents.
Be that parent who cheers on your child, cheers on other players (even if they’re on the opposing team) and congratulate all the children who play the game because after all it’s JUST A GAME!
By Luz Marrone
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