Conversations With Kids: Emotional Rollercoaster

Conversations with Kids - Week 10

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

Is it OK to be disappointed?

Conversations with kids emotional rollercoaster


  • Considering different perspectives

  • Understanding your emotions

Directions for Parents:

The nature of sport means that there are going to be mistakes, disagreements, failures and losses.  I’d estimate 70% of the time we experience challenges and 30% of the time it’s more positive.  Often tears before, during or after sport, from children, are down to an inability to regulate their emotions, performance pressures and incorrectly placed motivation.  As a parent, why not tell your children about times you get disappointed or upset and why that is.

Ideas for Kids:

  1. What situations do you find most challenging and can upset you?
  2. What is an acceptable way to show your disappointment?
  3. How would you like us as parents/guardians to react when you are disappointed?

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.  

With over a decades’ experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to transfer their skills from training to competitive situations, under pressure.

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