Coaching your own kid brings pressures, rewards
Your son tosses the game-winning touchdown pass, so of course you want to pump your fists and cheer like a maniac. Or your daughter hogs the ball on the soccer field and you’re inclined to shout your disapproval and ask if she could PLEASE pass the ball already.
When you’re the coach, though, it’s all eyes on you. And if you’re sticking your kids in marquee positions, chances are someone in the stands is not happy.
It’s a tough line to walk for parents, who make up the majority of coaches working with the millions of kids playing youth sports every year. And as these volunteers navigate the challenges of coaching their own children, they’re under more pressure than ever from other parents clamoring for playing time, improved performance and those hard-fought wins.
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