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5 Ways to Help Your Child Balance School and Sports

Posted: May 29, 2019

Today's youth are faced with multiple challenges when trying to precariously balance the pressure of being a good student with participating in athletics or other physically rigorous activities, like martial arts. Here are five ways that parents can best assist their child in achieving this critical balance:

Provide Academic Guidance

Recognizing that athletics are important, it is equally imperative to stress the importance of school. Keep an eye on your child's GPA. If you notice your child's GPA is dropping, perhaps it's time to talk with your child and make a plan about what they can do to improve their commitment to academics. Calculating your student athletes’ GPA will help them to stay on top of their grades and continue on the road to success. Communicate regularly with your child to ensure that they are making the grade.

Schedule Downtime

All student-athletes need a nurturing place to relax at home. It is essential that busy student-athletes have a place to unwind that is away from the pressures of school and athletics. Prioritize family time and be mindful of letting your child use this time to escape from the rigors of school and sports by not forcing them to talk about either obligation. The off-season is a great time for your child to rest their minds and bodies. Just make sure to store their equipment properly so it's ready for them when the off-season ends.

Time Management

Student-athletes face a unique set of challenges trying to balance the pressure of school with sports. Learning the skill of effective time management can play big dividends down the road as the child learns to prioritize their obligations. By using a calendar to block time for every aspect of sports and school, the child will learn to gauge how to use their time and find the most success most effectively.

Harness School Resources

Many schools have dedicated tutors and counselors to assist the athletes. If your school has these resources, be sure to encourage your student to take advantage of all of the opportunities.

Know When To Intervene

As a parent, one of the hardest things to ascertain is when you need to step in and advocate for your child. Student-athletes are burdened with more responsibilities than many of their peers. Parents need to recognize when the child needs assistance and adult guidance. Although there is a great value in letting a student speak for themselves and handle their own responsibilities, there are also times when they need to rely on a parent for support.

By being intentional and purposeful about practicing these five tips, parents can help to ensure that their student-athlete will be well-prepared for the rigors of balancing school and sports. The best thing a parent can do is to be a constant source of support and encouragement as the student embarks on this journey.