being MVP: Perception vs. Reality in Youth Sports + #Giveaway #‎YouthSportsReality‬

Perception vs. Reality in Youth Sports + #Giveaway #‎YouthSportsReality‬

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Perception vs. Reality in Youth Sports and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

When I was pregnant with Kenzie, Hubs and I dreamed that we were going to have the next snowboard sensation. We decided on the sport because we both enjoyed it and it wasn't the stereotypical Asian sport. Little did we know that she would end up being a petite girly girl who is apprehensive about all things semi-dangerous. 


So it took me by surprise when she recently asked to be enrolled in Play Sports at her school. We already pay for additional art and ballet classes so it was another expense but she seemed to really want to be involved. I love supporting her with everything that she wants to try out, especially if it means that she will be well-rounded. She enthusiastically tells me what she sports she learned and participated in when I pick her up after school. She has also recently taken up tennis with her friend and has asked for her own sized gear. I know from playing educational and board games with Kenzie that she hates to lose and will be a sourpuss if she doesn't win. She also gets frustrated and starts crying if she gets stuck on an activity or learning lesson at school. She is a perfectionist. She must get it from my mother because while I love to win and get things right, I've accepted that I can't always be #1. 


The Perception vs. Reality in Youth Sports book is a handy resource for parents in dealing with issues that come up when kids play sports. Real world examples from successful athletes give us potential "Tiger Moms" perspective on what issues to focus on as well as how to make the sports experience positive. I've always taught Kenzie to be a team player as well as to not be disappointed when and if she fails. However, I've got to say that I do have a proud mama minute when seeing that she has the most stars on her chart at school or when she finishes 1st in a race. I know that once we enroll her in more sports programs through the year, there will have to be more support and encouragement from us as the parents. 

The quotes and inspirational stories in the book give so much guidance. I love this quote from sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella: "The fact is, we don't know exactly how much talent anyone has. Talent is a mixture of physical and mental qualities that is immeasurable. The question is not whether you have great talent. . . The question is whether you're willing to put in the time and energy to develop the talent you have."

I can't wait to go on the sports journey with my children and hopefully they will find their passion along the way!

What is your child's favorite sport? How do you deal with the pressures and/or disappointments?


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11 comments:

  1. My girls have participated in a number of sports, mostly just to be able to say they tried it and either liked it or didn't. We've met all kinds of parents, both normal and extreme at these events...

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  2. My boys always participated in School Soccer as well as rec soccer and we have encountered many kind of parents both on and off the field..Your little girl looks adorable, what a great picture. Also love the quote, so true what is talent...?? Thanks for sharing will have to check it out.

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  3. My daughter tried t-ball and found it wasn't for her. I'm glad that she gave it a try even if she didn't like it. I support my kids in whatever they do!

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  4. How cute is she in that little dress? My son has never really been into sports. He likes riding his scooter, but aside from karate, he never really did anything else.

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  5. Your daughter looks adorable! I wish her all the best in her sports endeavors! My daughter had a wonderful time cheering 1st grade through her junior year in high school. Unfortunately, her senior year has not gotten off to a good start with her new cheer Coach, but the season will be over soon. :(

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  6. I don't like it when coaches are too bossy. Thanks for sharing. Would love to win this.

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  7. Fortunately, we've had nothing but wonderful coaches for our daughter (granted, she's only 2 and a half haha) but I've seen some coaches who truly don't understand that they are just kids, and it's about having fun!

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  8. I don't have any experience with them.

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  9. I had a great riding teacher when I was about 10 years old, she really taught me how to handle a horse.

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  10. My daughter had a personality conflict with her ballet teacher and developed a spitting problem when she was uncomfortable. It took forever to get her to stop spitting at people.

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