These are two of the most important words any human being can say to another. They are two of the most important words we can teach our kids to say to others. I taught and coached for ten years and can count on one hand the number of times I heard those words. I am in no way complaining, but I realize that thank you was missing from my career; not added salary or benefits. We could all use more money and vacation time, but appreciation is what really counts. Coaches want the same thing from their athletes and parents. Time and again we blame coaches for the ills of the team and its players. How often do we consider what the coach is giving up to coach our child?
Plenty of coaches have families themselves. The coach has taught your kid how to throw a baseball better than his own son. Your daughter is a champion swimmer while the coach’s little girl still uses fins and a board. Yes, coaches make choices when it comes to sacrificing time with their own spouses and children. However, the beneficiaries of that sacrifice could learn to show a little more gratitude. You may find a direct correlation between how regularly you say thank you and the ease in dealing with your child’s coach. Thank you also has an added benefit for the one who says it as well. It makes the coach want to do more to help your child be successful.
So, the next time you see your child’s coach tell him or her thank you. Please encourage your children to do the same. You will all be better for it. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!