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What's The "Right" Thing To Say?
Submitted By Rebecca Shearer on Sunday, November 10, 2019
The U10 White Team from St. Marys Ringette has started their season off with a mix of losses and wins. The losses were hard ones and it's always a curious thing for me to hear how other parents handle those games.

With every thing in life there comes the good with the bad, or so we're told. Time and time again as a kid I remember being told to keep my "chin up". My parents would question me as to whether or not the losses were really that big a deal. I think now as an adult and parent that's a hard call.
Obviously hard fought losses teach humility and courage and resilience. Traits that everyone will need as they grow into their own person and experience their own personal losses. But, as a parent how do you handle the pouting, the sad faces, the excuses?
One parent mention to me that they try to say something positive before dolling out any constructive criticism. I'm not a very "sensitive" parent, so most times I ignore the dramas that come from losing. I tell my girls that the game was fun for me to watch and then we head home. I have to admit, those are often LONG car rides and I do struggle with the pouting in the back seat. But one thing I have learnt from having two girls in ringette ( Two completely different players), that while one player may shrug their shoulders and stare out the window, the other may blame the refs - other players etc. Which ever the player I hope that my consistent or "non existent" response helps them realize that it's just a game, that Mom doesn't really care if we win or lose.
As a parent I think it's helpful for other parents to talk about tips and tricks of getting their player out of their "funk" and hopefully we all learn something new!
The U10 team have really started to find their feet, they've been building as a team and they are continually learning more things about their positions. It is a pleasure to watch these young girls grow because I truly do know what they're headed to and I believe it's going to be a fantastic ride!

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