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What to Say to Your Child After a Game or Sporting Event

Win or lose, boost your child's self-esteem with supportive comments.

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Updated January 21, 2009

Boys' indoor soccer
Kari Dahlen

After your child participates in a sporting event, make his participation more meaningful by stressing effort and attitude over performance and points, and by giving specific examples. Try these helpful post-game questions and comments:

  • Did you have fun?
  • I am so proud of you!
  • I noticed that you really tried hard to ___.
  • Did you learn anything new?
  • Your practice seems to be paying off!
  • The whole team really worked together to ___.
  • I know you're sad that you lost. Is there something you want me to help you practice before the next game?

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