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How Can Can Parents Help Kids To Manage Anger In Sports: A TV Interview With Dr. Jay Granat And Cindy Hsu of WCBS

Posted by: Dr. Granat on September 23, 2009

Here are some of the tips I mentioned during a recent inverview.

-Parents, coaches and league officials need to set guidelines and rules with

 consequences for violence, trash talk and inappropriae behaviors.

 Parents need to model good sportsmanship and the idea of treating others with kindness, dignity and respect.

  Young athletes need to understand that anger will prevent them from entering the  zone and from performing their best.

  Athletes must be encouraged to respect their opponents. After all, they too are practicing and working hard and trying to do well.

 You can’t always get what you want in sports or in life. 

 Sports can be serious and competitive but they do not need to be life or death situations.

Perhaps we need to rethink the idea of winning at all costs all the time.

 Kids should be encouraged to focus on mastery, discipline, respect and camaraderie as well as on winning.

   Rageful states are not fun and they are very dangerous.

 Sports sometimes reflect the kind of selfishness and  narcissism which seems rampant in our culture right now.

 Let your performance do the talking instead of your mouth or your fists.

  Nothing is as strong as gentleness- Ghandi.

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