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Helping your kids through spring sports

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Spring Sports for Kids
Spring Sports for Kids

Pre- season – What are the spring sports for kids in your area? Start talking with your kids about their interest in those sports. Consider if school sports are the best option, or, if your child may be more successful in a team outside of school. Start working on training together – make it fun.

What about team tryouts?

If your child is planning to try out for the team, you want to do what you can to help them have a successful try out and do thier best, but also prepare them for the reality that they may not make the team. There are a lot of very talented and skills kids in the world, and coaches have to make hard decisions.

  • have honest conversations about try outs. Encourage them to train beforehand so that they can do their best
  • remind them that attitude is half of try outs. Coaches don’t just want talented athletes – they want team players. Show enthusiasms, motivation, team-oriented behavior, passion, ability to follow directions, excitement to participate in all parts of tryouts, and willingness to work hard and give it their all.

When kids don’t ‘Make the Cut’ – When your children reach middle school age, there are the dreaded ‘team tryouts’. Depending on how your child’s potential team handles the process,

  • help your child process their emotions: This may be a huge disappointment for your child. It can feel defeating, and they may be afraid that it will impact their friendships, their goals, and their
  • remind them that if this is something they really, truly want, then they have an entire year to work hard, practice, and train for fall sports or next year. Offer to train with them if you can – its a great motivator for you, and for them.

Remember to always know the rules of the game (soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, etc.), be a good sport, give it your best effort and play with integrity.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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