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The Path to Independence in School and Sports


Here at Untapped Learning, we understand the value of your students becoming independent and confident individuals. These two traits will help prepare them for success beyond just the court or in the classroom. During their adolescence, you can develop these skills and provide guidance to help foster their autonomy. Let’s dive into some tips on how you can help your student-athlete grow into an independent young adult.

  1. Build skills step by step: First, identify the skills your child needs to do well in school and sports. This includes managing time, staying organized, and mastering techniques required for their sport(s). Teach these skills clearly and patiently, and remember, practice makes perfect! Give them plenty of chances to use what they’ve learned in real life.
  2. Set up a routine: Now that your child has the skills, it’s time to create a routine that helps them use those skills every day. Make a schedule together that includes time for schoolwork, practice, and relaxation. Let your child have a say in the plan, so they feel in control. This helps them learn how to manage their time and prioritize tasks.
  3. Give them more control: As your child gets better at managing their time and responsibilities, you can start giving them more independence. They’ll still need guidance, but now they can make more decisions on their own. Let them choose their study methods, plan their training, and solve problems independently. This helps them become more confident and resilient.
  4. Let them speak up for themselves: Being independent means being able to speak for yourself. Encourage your kids to ask for help and talk to their coaches or teachers about their goals and concerns. Practice different situations with them so they feel comfortable. Make sure to celebrate when they take the initiative – it’s a big step toward independence!
  5. Embrace the challenge: Lastly, teach your child to see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Remind them that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as they keep trying. Focus on their efforts and progress rather than just their achievements. This will help them develop a mindset that values hard work and improvement.

Parenting a student-athlete comes with a lot to balance, and helping your child thrive both in and out of their sport can be challenging. Let Untapped support you in helping your child achieve success on and off the field. 

For more resources, check out: 

The Effect Of Parental Involvement on Student-Athlete Academic Performance, Academic Self- Efficacy, Functional Independence, and Achievement of Adulthood Criteria

Students Athletes Rock These 10 Professional Skills

What is it like to be a Sport School Student-Athlete? 

Student-Athlete Development & Life Skills

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