Every parent is a 'coach' to their child. Perhaps not on the training field but your support in their development is just as vital as the input of their team coach. Learning to support and encourage in the right manner is important for a parent and PCS has the tools to support you to get the best from your child and their footballing experience.
There are many situations that arise during games or even in professional and football which can be used to teach your child valuable life lessons. These teachable moments can be both negative and positive – for example a high profile player behaving in a controversial way or a young player assisting an injured opponent. Use these situations and examples to engage your child in discussions about which situations honour our game. You can let them know how you feel the situation should have been dealt with after they have voiced their thoughts.
As a parent you are able to recognise when your child has performed well such as scoring a goal or making a good tackle and you should praise their effort. However, it is important to recognise the effort made regardless of whether they were successful or not. If your child dribbles past two defenders, then shoots the ball high and wide. At first he/she will be disappointed but by praising effort made to go past the defenders and get a shot should be rewarded with praise. By doing so, participants will feel valued and their confidence levels will be maintained, leading to an increased desire to try harder next time. It will also show the focus you place on working hard.
There will be times when you have to give constructive feedback to your child. It is recommended that when giving feedback you should give five positive comments to every negative comment. Research has shown that a magic ratio of 5:1 is ideal. Although five comments may sound a lot, they can take the form of positive body language such as smiling, clapping or giving thumbs up or high five.
We have a number of resources for parent to use and refer to for positive parenting within sport.