Teach Your Kids About Good Sportsmanship!
Good sportsmanship is an important tool we NEED to teach our children about and to make sure they teach their children about when they’re older (pass this information down with each generation, PLEASE!) Having good sportsmanship in life is vital to being a respectable person in the world. It can cover all areas of your life, from sports to family life, to work and well EVERYTHING… I’m going to share what good sportsmanship is, how to teach it, and of course give you an entertaining story as well… I’ll start with the story, Enjoy!
I headed for my kid’s school to pick them up, as I do at the end of each school day. No matter the weather I let my mini-me’s play at the school playground for about an hour with their buddies… Well, sometimes (like yesterday) their friends have to leave before us, so I’ll play with both OR one of them… And so the story begins…
In Your Face!…
My daughter (age 7) wanted to play with me. All was well, being goofy with her first running around, trying to avoid the mud here and there, then kicking a ball, then it led to the basketball court (love that sport by the way!) We were playing for a little bit and my daughter was having trouble shooting, so she sat down and began to pout. ‘Lily’ I said ‘how are you going to get better sitting on the ground? get up little lady and practice!’ A moan came from her mouth which I could only presume it meant ‘oh mother, why must you preach this’… Soooo, I don’t mean to come off as big-headed, but I’m pretty good! I started dribbling around her taking awesome shots, fade away ohhhh, did you see that? Lily gets up smiling and tries again, air ball… irritated at herself she comes up to me as I’m dribbling and I’m thinking she wants to play defense, Nope!… She took her ball and bounced that muddy thing right on my cheek (mud everywhere on one side of my face people!)… Now I could have gotten mad and gave her a consequence BUT what stopped me from that was her immediate response ‘I’m sorry Mama’ as she fell on her butt and started crying. (I was happy she showed remorse and that she knew what she did was wrong)… ‘Why are you crying Lily?’ I asked curious of her answer (I want to know if she remembers our talk we had a while ago about sportsmanship/attitude)…she replies ‘because I feel bad and acted bad.’ (good enough answer!) Were you irritated Lily? ‘Yes Mama, I want to play like you!’ So, I explained AGAIN what it means to have good sportsmanship and how EVERYONE gets better at things by PRACTICING.
What Happened To The Mud Eloise?
Now the mud was drying on my face and I asked her how I looked ‘How do I look little lady, am I pretty or what?’ and we started laughing. I dug in my bag for a tissue and wiped a little off, then asked her if I got it all as she laughed more because NO! She proceeded to take a tissue and help, only she just smeared the mud even more on my face. ‘Well, go get your brother I think it’s time to head home now,’ and she did… End of story!
What Is Good Sportsmanship?
How To Teach Good Sportsmanship To Others (Even Adults!)
- Be a good role model- Show people good behavior when you’re losing and winning. Keep the trash talk to a minimum, keep the victory dance at bay, don’t pout when something doesn’t go your way… And when they’re watching a professional athlete who has just misbehaved point it out (well he shouldn’t act that way, he’s acting like an idiot ‘wait! don’t say idiot aloud- just think it!’)
- Show them what it means to practice hard/work-hard for what you want- If they’re poor attitude is coming from not being at a level they want, they need to try harder not sulk!
- Have a positive environment – within the entire team or if individual sport, have the coach provide a positive attitude along with the parents! (parents MUST behave on the sidelines!)
- Sit the kid/adult on the bench when exhibiting a poor sportsmanship- Teach them it’s not okay and it’ll show the other teammates as well. (this goes more for the coaches/ leaders of the team).
- Sit down and discuss what it takes to be a great athlete and person in life- It takes having a good attitude, a positive outlook on things, and hard-work while being respectful to the environment (equipment/material things) as well as ALL people! (this goes for parents, teachers, coaches, and role models of the young ones!)
Take a minute to think about whether you have had this talk with your mini-you’s and if not maybe now’s the time to do so… especially school-age children. We’ve got to teach them while they’re young! Be the broken record and preach/practice this as much as it takes to correct the behavior and remind them of a good ethical approach to all life’s adventures.
Take care readers
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