Emphasizing the psychological benefits over physical wins in sports

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Emphasizing the psychological benefits over physical wins in sports

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Physical is what's on the scoreboard and unfortunately too often that's all we consider as parents or coaches. I would argue 3 things. They have fun, they develop character and could get good physical activity. Those are 3 things. So, if I get at least one of those things, that's a win even if the scoreboard suggest otherwise. Actually, it's amazing to me how often sports promote very same character points we're trying to promote our children. Doing things we don't feel like it, being kind to others, hassling all the time, taking the best out of adversity, learning from it and not letting it sink you - moving on. I'm amazed when I hear the best coaches interact with kids about what they're encouraging them to do with the field. They're the same thing we are trying to say to our kids as parents. As opposed to those instances where the victory solely defines the win. In which case we might not be worried about the character, development, fun or physical activity.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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