In the video, which you can watch below, a father berates his son for wanting to have fun during a practice.
It’s a difficult video to watch, because none of us like to see kids treated that way. But also because many of us may have said similar things to our children at some point.
Kids tend to stop playing sports because they’re not having fun, and the way we talk to them about their participation matters a lot.
For children, playing a sport or participating in any kind of activity needs to be fun. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be challenging and skill-building. But if it’s not fun, and they don’t want to play anymore, they won’t get any of the other benefits that sports can give them.
The ride home is easy, actually. You just have to remember to say six words: