As parents, we often want to encourage our kids to get active and moving. Often times that comes in the form of sports. I believe there are tons of lessons children can learn from team and individual sports! Things like endurance, sportsmanship, teamwork, agility, dedication, cause and effect and the list goes on and on!
Often times we don’t think about what sports teach kids about themselves and their families. Things like us attending the game or not can make the child feel important or unimportant. How we react to their win or loss can affect their self-esteem. They may tell themselves they aren’t good enough if they don’t get as much play time as others. So it begins, in the little league sports at around age 5, that we as parents get to be even more intentional about the messages we are sending to our kids about their physical activity.
Which brings me to the one thing we should never say to our kids who play sports….
That was a good game.
Or any derivative of it, really. “You played good.” “Great game, tonight.”