As a coach I have always recommended that parents NOT watch every single practice (see my article on watching practice from a while back)- for many reasons, but as a sports parent I know that sometimes it’s hard to drop off your child at practice and go run errands, go home or do anything but watch practice – you worry you might miss something.
I often compare sitting and watching sports practices to sitting in your child’s classroom all day everyday – would you really do it? The practice field, gym, pool, studio, etc are also your child’s classroom. Parents watching every practice are distracting to the kids – and it is very difficult for you as a parent not to get wrapped up in the moment to moment actions of your child. When you watch just at competitions or watch for one part of practice every few weeks or so, you can see the learning that has occurred – you can’t see it when you are involved in it daily.
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