How to distinguish "pushy" vs. encouraging parents

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

•Pushy parents sign up their kids for sports without asking their child first; encouraging parents discuss sports options with their child and then make a family decision

•Pushy parents get angry when their child wants to take a short break from sports; encouraging parents understand a small break from sports can sometimes be very beneficial and prevent staleness and burnout

•Pushy parents argue with their child's coach; encouraging parents ask the coach what their child can do to improve his or her chances of playing more

•Pushy parents look at youth sports as a means to a college scholarship; encouraging parents appreciate the process of youth sports and look at an athletic scholarship opportunity as a bonus if it comes

•Pushy parents show their contempt at youth sporting events; encouraging parents realize youth sports is a haven for mistakes and they take it in stride and often with a laugh