Rod Louden: You’re Not Playing! So Why are Your Feelings Taking the Field?

As a parent, it is easy to get your emotions and feelings caught up in your child’s sports activities. After all, it is the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” that draws us to the world of sports and competition. In today’s world, far too many parents are interjecting themselves into their kid’s activities; they become participants rather than observers. The inability of parents to remain out of the way often creates negative feelings and drama. This situation causes all types of problems for coaches, umpires, other parents, other kids, and, in many cases, it is your child that suffers the most. Let’s take a look at some situations/ideas/strategies to keep you, and most importantly your child, emotionally and mentally safe by keeping your feelings off the field and modeling behavior that will benefit your child and other children in their development.