Conversations With Kids: Relax and Unwind

Conversations with Kids - Week 4

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

If you tried to relax away from your sport and went to bed early the night before a big match or competition, would it help you feel better the next day?

Conversations with kids relax and unwind


  • Relaxation

  • Trust in Skills

Directions for Parents:

A lot of young people think about upcoming matches or competitive events for days and weeks beforehand. The pressure to feel like they need to perform perfectly can be a big issue for them. As a result, the quality of their sleep is poor and when they wake up the day of the match or competition they often feel on edge and anxious. They certainly don’t feel fresh and ready to trust their training and skills. Encourage your child to talk about how they spend the day and evening before a big match or competition.

Ideas for Kids:

  1. The day before – if you were able to do something to take your mind off the match or competition what would it look like?
  2. The night before – how would you spend the night before the match and competition if you knew your A game would come out tomorrow and you could simply relax.
  3. During the night – if you struggle to get to sleep the night before a match what could you do to help yourself switch off and stay calm.

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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