News Archive — March 2019

Kids, Anxiety and Sports: How to Train Like a Pro

Resilient Young Athletes istock by permissionWelcome to Part Two in our series on Kids and Sports. In Part One, we looked at parenting ideas to support your young athlete. Here, we focus on what kids themselves can do. As much as your child's athletic success comes from building up their skills, working on their emotional management system--how to handle disappointment and keep their head in the game—will help them soar ever higher! Let’s make this season one where kids build up their resilience and flexibility along with their skills pitching, running, and sliding into home base. Here are some ideas to share with your kids, their coaches, and parents and teammates. Here's to a great season!

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How to Survive College Rejection

College Decisions istock by permissionWith college decisions rolling in this month, March madness isn’t just about basketball. I will refrain from getting up on my soapbox about the major shortcomings of our college admissions process, and the cost(!), and get right to the issue at hand: handling disappointment and doing damage control. Rejection is a sting, but it’s not the rejection itself that matters-- that is part of life-- but how your student interprets the meaning of that rejection which matters most. Bottom line: interpret small: this is about this college, now, not big: this is not about my whole life and self-worth, forever. Here are tips for parents and students to not get derailed by misinterpreting the meaning when a college says no.

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Kids and Sports: How to Parent Your Anxious, Perfectionistic Athlete

Disappointment ©Istock by permission LSOphotoSpring is nearly here and that means spring sports are underway! I am thrilled that my book, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, just became a number one best-seller in Children’s Sports on Amazon. It makes me so happy to think about how parents and coaches are teaching kids to lower the stakes, not the standards so that their young athletes can free themselves from perfectionism and worry, and in so doing, grow and thrive. I love supporting kids' efforts in sports and have so many ideas to share, so I have two blogposts. In this first piece, I share ideas for parenting an anxious athlete, in part two you'll find ideas for what kids can do to free themselves from anxiety in sports. Here’s to a great season for all!

 

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