Teaching Good Sportsmanship
Don’t Be ‘That Parent’
As a parent, it can be easy to get caught up in the action of the game, and let your emotions get the best of you. It is great to be enthusiastic and cheer on your child’s team, but you should remind yourself to keep things within reason! It is important to remember that our behavior shapes the way our teens view the world.
One of the keys to sportsmanship is remembering that the opposing team is a competitor, not an enemy. You can send a strong message by the way you act, regardless of the outcome of the game. Sharing a cooler full of ice-cold SunnyD with the other team is a relatively small gesture, but it teaches a big lesson. Win, lose or tie, remind your kids that a good opponent pushes us all to do our best. Nothing says, “we’ll get you next time” like keeping the competition fueled with 100% Vitamin C!
The sidelines aren’t the only place where you can teach a lesson. Whether it’s a board game or shooting some hoops in the driveway, it’s easy to get more hands-on when you’re playing at home. It’s a time when sibling rivalries get their fiercest and a parent’s guiding hand is most needed. By acting as a mediator, you can keep squabbles to a minimum. Not to mention you could always jump into the game yourself. After all, your kids could always use a lesson in what a gracious winner looks like!