Updated: Nov 16, 2018
1) Every child develops at their own pace
Every child comes to these classes with specific physical and social skills. At this stage of development, a few more months or less make a difference. Guide your youth according to their abilities and not those of the future Michael Jordan or those of a cousin or brother that you consider more talented than him. Highlight his skills. Sometimes a young person takes one to three classes, or even more, before perfecting some basic skills. Be patient and give him the time he needs to get there.
2) Give the example (even if it may seem ridiculous)
When I teach, I love to make young people laugh by making animal sounds, telling stories and having certain keywords repeat so that they keep their attention. I invite you to enter our little imaginary world. Do not be afraid to be silyl and always turn off your cell phone! Pay attention to your child and help him in his movements. Enjoy this precious time with your child to be totally present and dedicated to him.
3) Keep your positive encouragement
If the instruction is to hit the ball with the hand and she kicks with the foot, congratulate her anyway and give her a big "high five". If she hit the ball, it is because she has already assimilated part of the instruction. It's already a success in itself. Be patient, she will succeed. Never forget that a simple skill for us can be very complex for a child. Keep in mind that your child is only two or three years old, for example. Let's aim at participation and pleasure, not perfection. Her confidence and pleasure will be increased tenfold.
4) "... but my child is embarrassed! "
I hear this remark two, three or even four times per course. Minimum. Your child may be embarrassed, I agree, but repeating it to the coach or other parents will not help the situation. He's young, he takes his time. He goes at his own pace. We must not project our own feelings. " So what do we do? », Do you say? Are we waiting patiently for him to be ready? On the contrary, I recommend being proactive. Participate and repeat the keywords. Follow the instructions. Follow the instruction. He will join you for sure.
5) Have fun!
The best way to help your child is to be 100% present, nothing less. Forget your problems in the office or what you will eat for dinner. Take the opportunity to disconnect. Have fun, laugh, participate and take your child in your arms. Give him "high fives". Tell him that you love him! You are both here for that. She gives you a big "THANK YOU" even if she does not always have the words to say it. Time flies and soon she will be too big for a parent-child class! Enjoy it!
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