Monday, November 7, 2011

Book review: Little Athletes, Big Leaders

My son, Ethan, is only 4, but he is already OBSESSED with sports. All sports.  He is constantly asking us to kick the soccer ball with him, or to throw him the baseball in the back yard, or he's pretending to play hockey in the living room.  If you ask him what sport he wants to play when he grows up, he immediately rattles off a list of about 10 different sports.  Thankfully, he seems to have inherited his dad's natural athletic ability rather than mine (mine is non-existent).  So, I think we are going to have a lot of games and practices in our future, and I'm really glad to have the book Little Athletes, Big Leaders to help me. Here's a bit about this book:

You can teach your child to succeed in every venture they ever attempt, and ensure they maximize their athletic potential, and create and maintain a long term loving relationship with your child, and have an absolute blast during your sport parenting years!
Break free from the belief that youth sport is about either “winning” or “fairness”.
The truth is, the youth sport experience is really about teaching “mastery”, it’s about individual and collective goal setting, it’s about developing interpersonal skills (which are the #1 predictor of leadership effectiveness), it’s about learning from mentors, it’s about controlling what you can and letting the rest go, and it’s about action….and not action once in a while…it’s about action every day!
I think this book is an absolute must-read for any family with young athletes. It offers great ideas for how to motivate and encourage and help your child succeed.  I appreciated the author's insights- the book is written by Bruce Beaton, a Canadian Football League All-Star and two-time Grey Cup winner.  He's got years of sports experience and in this book shares what he learned in his own life.  It gave me a lot to think about and consider for the future. I will definitely be putting this book on my shelf to read again when Ethan starts playing organized sports (probably in just a few months!) and I know it's going to be a valuable tool for me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.