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How to Be a Good Sports Parent

What Sports Can (and Can't) Do

Kris Bordessa, author of Team Challenges: 170+ Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity (Zephyr Press), gives the lowdown on how sports participation can -- and can't -- serve your child's development.

Sports can...

  • Teach cooperation and teamwork
  • Provide a feeling of camaraderie
  • Give kids a support system they can trust
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Encourage better communication (which translates off the field)

Sports can't...

  • Change a child's basic personality or nature
  • Make a child popular
  • Create a passion for a parent's favorite sport
  • Teach the meaning of teamwork if the best players are the only ones allowed to play

Originally published in the October 1, 2008, issue of Family Circle magazine.