Whether you stay and watch your childs lessons, or drop them off and go do something else, I think it is important to know if your child is progressing, not only as a player but also as a person. Below is 5 ways you can tell if your child is developing both as a player and as a person.
5 ways for parents to know they’re on the right track when it comes to their kid’s sports development & progression by Alistair McCaw:
1. First things first, the purpose of your kid playing sports should be on developing their social skills, not just athletic skills. So with that in mind, they have manners, they say hello, thank you after a lesson, please etc.. These are life skills and a good representation of you as a parent (not how good they are in a sport!).
2. They are with a coach who has a passion for teaching and sharing the love of the sport. They grow a love for it over time.
3. They are excited to be going to practice. They say things like “I want to go to practice”, instead of “I have to go to practice”.
4. They are exposed to a variety of games and skills during practices. They are developing their athletic skills and not just their specific sport skills.
5. They are being taught with a growth mindset. They are allowed to make mistakes without consequences. Their coach rewards effort, attitude and a great work ethic. Here again, is a good representation of you as a parent, they understand the importance of hard work and a good attitude. (life skills).
Some of these questions require you to observe the actual lesson in person. But do we always need to be present during a tennis lesson. Different coaches programs have different rules around this issue, but if your club is open to both, the following article may give you some more information about what to do when your child has a lesson. Five Olympian Dara Torres explains her view on her child’s swimming lessons and what she does during that time.