Having a son or daughter decide they want to play soccer can be a wonderful thing. Your child can have incredible experiences and build lifelong friendships through participation in soccer. The time spent with your child on the way to games, at tournaments and before and after practice can provide a great opportunity for your family to connect and bond with one another in our otherwise very busy world.
While there is great potential for the game to provide fun for your player throughout their lifetime, there is also some potential for things to go a little “haywire” if we allow ourselves to lose perspective on the game and our place in it.
Soccer can be a great tool to help teach children about things like commitment, hard work, enjoying competition, responsibility, dealing with people, and many more, but it can also take on an importance that becomes a little bit larger than life a times. To help keep things in their right places, you may want to reflect on the following ideas from time to time:
Now, ask yourself these questions, and be honest with yourself when you answer:
The desire to see your child be successful and happy can be overwhelming. The emotion involved can be blinding in its intensity. If you answered the questions above honestly, you will already know if there are aspects of your relationship with your child and the game that need to be examined a bit. As you move forward through your life as a soccer parent, it’s healthy to periodically reflect on your expectations of your child and your approach to sport-any sport.