The Benefits of Sports for Children: Wisdom on Being the Best Sports Parent You Can Be from Coach and Psychology Professor John Tauer

book image for benefits of sports ME guest, John TauerDr. John Tauer is a big believer in the benefits of sports and the potential of youth sports to build character, discipline, teamwork and conflict resolution skills. John is in a relatively unique position as both a coach of one of the winningest basketball teams in the country and a psychology professor who studies motivation at the University of St. Thomas. He doesn’t always like what he sees in youth sports and coined the acronym “WOSP” (well-intentioned, overinvolved sports parents) for his recent book, Why Less Is More for WOSPS: How to Be the Best Sports Parent You Can Be.

 

John challenges the extreme and unrealistic ways too many of us parents approach our children’s athletic involvement. He offers tips for healthier ways to help our kids build a more balanced set of skills and interests that will serve them throughout life, while still celebrating the joys and benefits of sports.

 

For John’s blog on sports and motivation, click here.

For John’s basketball camp, click here.

For John’s book, click here.

For a related sport parent show with Nicole LaVoi, click here.

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