Conversations With Kids: Combatting Negativity

Conversations with Kids - Week 11

For parents and guardians where we give you prompts so that you can have more meaningful conversations with your children to help them build key characteristics such as mental toughness, resilience, confidence, creativity, focus and so on.  

A Question for your Kids

When you play well, what do you think about after the match, race or event?

Conversations with kids combating the negativity


  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Problem Solving

Directions for Parents:

Negativity bias, sadly all kids experience this, some more than others. To a lot of kids they’ll feel the sting of a mistake more than the joy of winning, always thinking about their flaws and what they “should” have done better. As a parent, feel free to talk about your experiences of focusing on the negative.

Ideas for Kids:

  1. Discuss the small moments when your children looked to be having fun in their sport.
  2. What do you think and feel like when you give maximum effort or when you feel you could have worked harder?
  3. Do you have moments when you think everyone is better than you?

If you would like to share your experiences as a sports parent or get insights regarding kids sport psychology, you may also wish to join David in The Sport Psychology Hub.

David Charlton Sports Psychologist

Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Online Sports Psychologist for Kids who supports many youngsters and sports parents so that they have more fun and get the most from their talent across the globe from USA/Canada to Great Britain and Ireland to UAE, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence

Host of Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast

Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  

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