How to support a child who is talented at a specific sport

How to support a child who is talented at a specific sport
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How to support a child who is talented at a specific sport

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When athletes are very talented at a young age at their sport, parents want to support them for who they are and what ends up happening though is this tricky little thing is that when athletes are good, there’s a lot of conversation around how well your child’s been doing or how well… or how exciting the upcoming opportunities are in their sport. So it’s really important to not involve too much conversation about the athlete where the young person based on what they’re doing. But remember to keep in perspective that unconditional love for who they are is the greatest way to be able to support young children. The second aspect of supporting a talented child is being able to decouple or to separate out their talent, their skill, what they do from who they are. So that’s the trick at a young age is being able to love them unconditionally for who they are and to be able to separate out what they do from who they are.

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