#159: 5 Strategies To Boost Confidence In Your Athlete Daughter Starting Today

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Are you a proud parent of an athlete daughter?

Do you want to help her boost her confidence? Do you want to see her not only excel in her sport but also flourish with confidence in all aspects of life? If you’re nodding along, you’re in the right place!

Today, I want to share with you 5 strategies that can make a real difference in strengthening your athlete daughter’s confidence. These strategies were discussed in our recent live training sessions at trainhergame.com, and they’re simple yet effective ways to nurture your daughter’s confidence. So, let’s dive right in!

Shift Your Praise

Let’s kick things off with a simple yet powerful strategy. It’s all about where you direct your praise. As parents, it’s natural to celebrate your daughter’s victories, whether on the field, in academics, or elsewhere. But here’s the twist: when you only praise the outcomes and the achievements, you might unintentionally tie her self-worth to those results. The key is to shift your praise to things she can control – her effort, work ethic, values, and teamwork. By doing this, you help her connect her confidence to aspects within her control, reducing the pressure to perform perfectly.

Validate Instead of Fixing

We all want to fix things when our child is facing challenges. However, athletes, especially teenagers, often need validation and understanding more than immediate solutions. When your daughter encounters setbacks or disappointments, be there to normalize her emotions, empathize, and listen. Resist the urge to jump in with quick fixes or blame external factors. Instead, ask her how she feels and if she wants your help finding solutions. This approach empowers her to develop problem-solving skills and process her emotions effectively.

Model Your Confidence

As parents, we’re our children’s first role models. If you want your athlete daughter to exude confidence, start by demonstrating it yourself. Create a list of what confidence looks like in her sport and life. Then, apply those principles to your own life. Whether it’s taking risks, setting big goals, or bouncing back from mistakes, let her see you embody these traits. Your actions speak louder than words, and modeling confidence can be one of the most impactful things you do as a parent.

Let Her Face Challenges

While it’s tough to see your child struggle, remember that facing challenges is an essential part of an athlete’s journey. Don’t rush in to fix every problem. Instead, assess whether the situation is merely uncomfortable or genuinely harmful. If it’s the former, let her experience it and learn from it. It’s through these challenges that she’ll develop resilience, problem-solving skills, and the ability to handle adversity – all vital for her growth as an athlete and an individual.

Equip Her with Skills

Lastly, ensure that your athlete daughter has the mental skills to navigate the ups and downs of her sport. These skills include handling mistakes, managing nerves, coping with pressure, and dealing with team dynamics. Don’t rely solely on her coach to teach these skills; instead, take an active role in providing her with the tools she needs. Equip her with the mental and emotional resilience to thrive in her athletic journey.

The Bottom Line

There you have it – five strategies that can have a profound impact on your athlete daughter’s confidence. Remember that building confidence is an ongoing process, and it starts with your support and guidance.

If you’re eager to dive deeper into these strategies and discover more ways to empower your daughter, join us at our free live training sessions happening this month. We’ll be sharing even more insights and practical tips to help your athlete daughter shine both on and off the field. Head over to trainhergame.com to register and be part of this confidence-boosting journey. I also hope to catch you in the next episode of the Raising Elite Competitors podcast.

Here’s to raising confident and successful athlete daughters!

Episode Highlights:

[01:55] The five strategies to use to build confidence in your athlete daughter, including the one shift where you are putting your praise.

[02:51] Athletes who struggle with perfectionism are always looking outward for external validation and wondering what people are thinking of them.

[05:06] Number two, validate vs fix. Moms are fixers. They like to come in and provide their solution, but it’s hard for them to not hold back any of their knowledge and life experience.

[07:47] Number three, increase emotional resiliency so that athletes can feel those feelings without being disappointed.

[09:16] Number four, let her experience the challenges of being an athlete that kind of goes along with fixing it.

[13:18] Number five, along with those challenges, make sure she has the skills to navigate those challenges.

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