Disappointment: you hate seeing your child struggle with this kind of pain. We get it. But too often, we try to avoid it altogether. Sports psychology reminds us that this can be a healthy and positive emotion, but only if you work at understanding it and using it to your advantage to learn, improve and meet your goals. Alternatively, it can also snowball into a sense of devastation, loss of confidence, and sometimes quitting outright.
While we talk about this in the context of skiing, these are life skills that teach our children how to approach disappointments throughout life.
So, what can parents do?
Dr. Jim Taylor suggests:
Learn more about disappointment, skiing, and parenting in this article: "Disappointment is a Good Thing."