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01-13-2012, 07:54 AM
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No, it's not.

It's fine to take your child to an activity you yourself enjoyed as a child, or even think he/she will enjoy.

It's fine to support a talented child with private lessons and like.

It's fine to gently encourage your child to perservere if he/she is feeling tired.

It is NOT fine to force the child to practice when he/she doesn't want to

It is NOT fine to inform the child you have expectations of him/her past doing his/her best and behaving respectfully.

As a parent, your job is to support and encourage your child, not be a second coach. It is normal to think your child is something special, but the most important thing in sports in childhood is having fun and learning a little something about hard work imo. You have to trust that the professional coaches and scouts will nurture something special if they see it.

Also it is worth remembering: Just be cause someone is a good skater, doesn't mean they are good at hockey. And just because someone is good at hockey, doesn't mean they are a good competitor.

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