Sports are an amazing environment in which to raise children. The benefits they gain from athletic participation are many, including physical, personal, and social. Yet, there is also a dark side to today's youth sports culture, as an emphasis on winning has made what was once fun become a burden for many young athletes. As a result, parents can't always be certain their children's athletic involvement will be safe and enjoyable. In Raising Young Athletes: Parenting Your Children to Victory in Sports and Life, Dr. Jim Taylor-an internationally-recognized authority on sport psychology, child development, and parenting-offers a guiding hand to help parents ensure their children's sports participation encourages positive attitudes and promotes healthy developments as they move toward adulthood. The role of parents in shaping their children's sports experience has never been more important, and Dr. Taylor shows parents how to send the right messages to their young athletes with clear and practical advice. Whether playing sports just for fun or with aspirations to play professionally, Raising Young Athletes helps parents steer their children toward a healthy, positive experience. As such, their participation will become an impactful part of their lives that will prepare them to be victorious both in sports and in life.
About the Author
Jim Taylor, PhD, is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of sport and parenting. He has worked with junior elite, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes for more than thirty years. Taylor is a former world-ranked alpine ski racer, second-degree black belt in karate, marathon runner, and Ironman triathlete. Dr. Taylor is the author of many books, including the Prime Sport series, Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, and Train Your Mind for Athletic Success: Mental Preparation to Achieve Your Sports Goals. You can learn more about his work at www.drjimtaylor.com.