Parents, one of the things we all have to deal with as parents is watching our sons or daughters go through unfair circumstances. Its bound to happen in our kids playing career because there are things that happen with coaches, teammates, and teams that are just downright unfair. So how can you best support your son or daughter when they are going through a challenging situation they feel is highly unfair?
The first thing that you need to know as a parent is that we need our kids to go through these situations. We don’t want them to, but we need them to. Why? Because of one simple word. Grit.
The best way young people develop grit is by persevering through difficult circumstances. So as much as we want our kids to avoid these things, it’s those very challenging situations that help them to grow the most. The best thing we can do to help them as parents is so support them, listen, and empathize. The thing we don’t want to do is take sides. Help them to know that every challenge is an opportunity for them to grow from.
Every player is going to one day grow up and have to deal with an unfair boss, difficult co – workers, or any number of difficult situations. The more preparation they can get with your guidance and support as they go through it, the better prepared they will be to handle those situations and unfair circumstances they will experience throughout their life.
In closing, do the best you can to provide support for your kids during these times. This has been a challenge for me and my wife, like it is for any parent, but we know that If we embrace these situations, we will be positioning our kids to grow in grit and have a lifetime of success.
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