Conversations With Kids: Idols

Conversations with Kids - Week 15

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

Would you like to be Lionel Messi?

Conversations with kids idols

This week in our “Conversations with Kids” our focus is on being ambitious, setting the bar high whilst also learning from the best in the business.  I was going to use Pele as the example here as he sadly passed away recently, however children will likely find him difficult to relate too.  So I went for Lionel Messi.


  • Ambitions

  • Learning Orientation

Directions for Parents:

Lionel Messi has arguably been the best footballer in the world over the past decade and has recently played a huge part in winning the World Cup with Argentina.  This an opportunity to role play and chat about the life of a top athlete.  If your daughter or son has different idol feel free to use them as an example.  Chat about why it would be great to be Lionel Messi or their idol and talk about the downsides too.  

Ideas for Kids:

  1. What do you think is the best thing about being Lionel Messi? What is the worst?
  2. Do you think Lionel Messi’s journey to the top of tree in football ⚽️ has been easy?  Feel free to google some of the testing moments!
  3. Lionel Messi is very quick with his feet, why? How can you train to be as quick footed as Messi? Have some fun practicing some dance moves in the process! 

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

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Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  

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