I am not an athlete. I do not run unless someone is chasing me. But God has given me athletic children and I am learning what it means to be a good soccer mom/gymnastics mom/cross country mom, etc. I think the most important lesson I’m learning is that there are very few things it’s acceptable to say to your athlete after a disappointing performance.

This lesson was reinforced to me this last week when my son didn’t do as well as he wanted to at a competition. I tried what I thought would be affirming statements. “You did your best!” “I loved watching you out there!” “You worked so hard!” All of these statements were met with irritation, eye-rolling, and heavy sighs. It turns out that if you feel like you didn’t do your best, you don’t actually want to hear someone else say you did. If you’re embarrassed of your performance, having someone say they loved watching you just feels patronizing.
So I went another direction and tried giving some…

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