After years of sitting on the sidelines, supporting my kids and their dreams, this is the best advice I can give you when it comes to supporting your kids:
- Let the coaches coach, don't be that one on the side line telling your kid what he "should" be doing.
- Stay away from the dugout during games. As hard as it is, again, let the coaches do their jobs. Make sure your child has water and everything they need before the game starts.
- Never talk negative about your child's coaches in front of your kids.
- Stay quiet and don't yell negativity at your child while he's on the field. Your child has enough stress on him during the game, especially is he's an older child - when my son was younger I was that loud mom yelling from the side line. Finally one day my son told me "Mom, please don't yell anymore, it just makes things worse." I respect that, and now I just sit quietly on the side line, cheering my child on.
- Don't live your dream through your child. I see that a lot - too much. Dads living their sport dreams through their children. Let your kids create their own dreams, even if it comes time that they no longer want to play or change sports - let them and support them!
After so many years of baseball, I can literally go on and on, but I thing that main thing that we can all remember is just support your kids. Love your children. Support them the best way you know how and if you're not sure - ask your child. Find out what it is they need from you in order to help them be successful. Just don't get your feelings hurt and remember they are their own individual, living their dreams.