"We are not your parents," he put simply. "We tell you things the way they are so you'll concentrate on getting the little things right and play as hard as you can. We are not trying to hurt your feelings, but we aren't going to coddle you. That's your mom and dad's job."
Parents, you are not there to operate as an extended arm of the coach. Sure, get involved. Take your son and daughter out for a throw-around or a kick-about in the back yard. Offer a small tip here and there, but for the most part, use the time to bond with your kid through one of human-kind's most treasured institutions.
But, if your kid messes up or is not doing something quite right, trust me; they're going to hear it from the coach. Your only job at that point is to tell your child to trust what the coach says, work hard, and they will get better.
Then, you give them a hug and drive down the road for some ice cream. It's simple, but even parents can learn when their child's coach says "Do the little things right."
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