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Parenting your Child in Soccer when School is in Session
As a parent of a soccer player who is also attending school, you probably understand the challenges to balancing everything, especially if you have more than one child playing soccer or any additional sports. As a youth soccer coach and parent, I fully understand the challenges that come into play.
While there are so many benefits to your child playing soccer, there are also many challenges which your child may face that other children do not have to experience. As a parent, it will be essential that you are aware of these challenges and that you do everything you can to assist your child during your soccer season in making the correct decisions.
Although some children play soccer all year long, many only play soccer during the fall season. Thus creating a challenge of balancing soccer and school work; which they may not be used to. The key to success with fall soccer and education is to find the right balance. When you throw in that most kids have an earlier bedtime, they will want to hang out with friends and will have other responsibilities and tasks to attend to, it's easy to see how things can get stressful when participating in fall sports.
The following tips will help to balance your soccer players life:
Monitor your child for signs of stress or lack of adequate sleep.
Remember that stress can be serious for anyone, especially a child, and can even lead to physical or social problems. Remember that soccer is meant to be fun and provide necessary physical exercise.
Don't pressure your child too hard to be the team "star" or to believe that winning is the only measure of success. Don't place soccer above other important aspects of life such as school, family, friends and wellbeing. Avoid the win-at-all-costs mentality that will only harm your child in the long run.
Soccer should be an addition to your child's life, not their entire life. Balancing this will be essential to their good health and wellbeing now, as well as a healthy future for your child as he/she grows into adulthood. Give them the tools needed to build this foundation today and he/she will carry it with them for the rest of their life. A balanced schedule, diet and the appropriate rest will allow your child to succeed better in soccer, school and life in general.
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