How to make sure you are not being too tough on your kids

John O'Sullivan, sports educator and founder of community sports organization, helps parents understand how to make sure they are not being too tough on their kids when coaching a team.
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How to make sure you are not being too tough on your kids

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I think it's sometimes very hard when you're coaching your own kids, not to be extra strict or extra hard on your own kid because your natural inclination is, "I don't want anyone to think that I'm favoring my son or my daughter." And so sometimes you're a little bit too hard and I've worked with players and even my own siblings who felt like sometimes dad was a little too tough on them and others who felt like, "No, dad wasn't hard on me at all." And so, as a coach, understanding that there is always going to be parents who think that you're being unfair to someone, that you’re being unfair to one child or another, that you're always being unfair to your own kid. And so, my advice is be hard on your child, but don't treat him or her any different than any of the other kids on the team.

John O'Sullivan, sports educator and founder of community sports organization, helps parents understand how to make sure they are not being too tough on their kids when coaching a team.

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John O'Sullivan

Founder of Changing The Game Project

John O’Sullivan founded the Changing the Game Project in 2012 in order to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations create a more child-centered sports experience for our young athletes. John is a former collegiate and professional player, and worked for 20 years on the youth, high school and college level as a coach and club Technical Director. He holds a USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a US Youth Soccer National License. His blog is now one of the most popular youth sports websites in the US, and he has been a featured presenter at TEDx Bend Oregon, IMG Academy, and this week at the NSCAA Convention. The Changing the Game Project provides live and online parent and coaching education workshops, webinars, and consulting services.

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