“Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child” by Mike Boyle

Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

I originally wrote this in 2008 when a few hundred people read my blog. This might be a good lead in to tryout week for winter sports.

I have a favorite quote that is particularly applicable when it comes to training kids.

“prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child”

The reality is that you will not always be there to pave the way for your child, fix things, argue with coaches etc. etc. Kids will grow into adults and experience grumpy co-workers and mean bosses. Constantly insulating kids from difficult situations and consistently cleaning up the mess they create defeats the purpose of sport.

Sport is about learning to succeed and to fail, not just to succeed. Sports should primarily provide life lessons. If the life lesson learned from sport is that Mom and Dad can and will fix everything, later life will be difficult…

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