It’s spring! It’s sports! It’s strike 3! It’s stress!
Fewer activities can cause a family more stress than participating in a young athlete’s sports program. Competitive sports can be a wonderful opportunity for a child to learn sportsmanship, following the rules of a game, coping with winning and losing skills, and teamwork. Watching, encouraging (and maybe even coaching) a child can be rewarding for parents as well, but expecting too much from the child can result in competition among parents and a breakdown in communication between parent and child.