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Don't Should on Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness Paperback – November 28, 2015
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"Read this book and I'll send you a participation trophy." -- John Brubaker, Award-Winning Author, Coach & Parent
"Just like in The Hinge, this book provides both parents and coaches with simple, actionable steps to help their athletes develop mental toughness. I highly recommend it." -- John O'Sullivan, Author of Changing The Game.
Don't Should on Your Kids includes many practical thoughts for parents including one of my favorites, "Great parents ask their kid, 'How was your day?' not just 'How was your practice?'" -- Jim Thompson, Positive Coaching Alliance Founder
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As a coach, this is definitely a book you want your players' parents to read. Again, they probably won't learn anything new, but they'll be reminded of things that you've either already told them or want to say to them but through the book you can get the point across.
As someone who spends a lot of time on the sidelines--sometimes coach, sometimes parent, sometimes just a fan--you'll recognize and relate to much of what the authors are saying. You'll probably want to give a copy to some of the parents you share the bleachers with, and hopefully you can do so without saying, "Here, read this--you're the jerk these guys are talking about!!!" :-)
As a parent you'll be reminded that sports are just a game and almost never about life or death. Your kids have to want to play--you can't force them to play--and if it stops being fun for them then they won't want to play any more. It's OK to take a break. It's OK to have an offseason. It's OK to play multiple sports. As parents it's our job to support and keep things positive and know when to stick our noses in or not. Oh, and it's also OK to fail and lose and struggle. Keep reinforcing effort over results and your athlete will be just fine.
-Derrick Williams, Director of Men of the Family Basketball program
The book also helped me remember why we introduced our kids to sports in the first place. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the hype of exposure and rankings that we lose sight of what we originally wanted our sons to learn from sports - teamwork, dedication, character, hard-work and leadership.
I would recommend this book to any parents with kids involved in sports. It's a must read for parents with kids who stand out in their sport and are travel/AAU caliber athletes.
The final thing I will say is this book is incredibly easy to read. I'm not a huge reader and I read this book in just a couple of days. The chapters are short and to the point. No unnecessary words, stories or anecdotes.
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Quick read that's good for any parent whose child is involved in sportsPublished 29 days ago by Stephanie Eddy
Every parent, grandparent or coach should read this. Great advice.Published 2 months ago by Luann brown
This book is a must read for all parents of athletes. My only regret is not reading this book sooner. I just bought an additional copy for another parent and purchased The Hinged. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lisa A. O'Connor
If you have a kid that not only plays sports, but does anything, music, arts, etc... You have to read this!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by juniorgolfdad
If you have sons or daughters in sports, at any age, this is something you need to read. As the parent of three athletes (each now moving on through high school and on to college),... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank J. Agin
This book is an excellent resource for anyone with kids playing sports, at any level. Dr. Bell provides a clear path for athletes and their parents, outlining best practices for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Francois Cloche
Good intentioned parents are ruining sports. Kids don't want to "play" ball anymore because they feel like they're being punished for every little mistake. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Mullins