Research has shown that tennis is one of the healthiest, least injurious sports youngsters can play. Tennis is a lifetime sport. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches self-discipline, self-reliance and respect for others. But, above all, it provides a good way of performing physical exercise whilst having fun. Today, more children than ever before are taking part in tennis.
You, as a parent, want to help your child to manage this new situation, as you do in other aspects of your child’s life: school, friends, family, etc. You want your child to be happy, to have fun and to learn to play tennis to a reasonable level. No doubt that’s why you encouraged them to be involved in the sport in the first place.
You know that it's not easy to be a good parent and, it's even harder to be a good parent of a tennis player. To know what is best to do to help your child and also when and where to do it, is not easy.
There are a lot of questions to ask but it's difficult to know who to ask and for the most part, there are no clear answers or guidelines to follow. Many problems occur because parents are unsure as to how they can best help their child and so use their natural instincts. In doing this, they go wrong far more often than they go right.
The reality is that parents have a very important role to play in their child’s tennis activity, whatever the level of participation. Parents, however, need guidance and information to be trained and prepared for the role they have to play in this team.
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