GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Below you’ll find three questions designed to make even the youngest athlete think. Be prepared for some silence, and quite possibly, “I don’t know” for an answer. However, when asked meaningful questions often enough – instead of meaningless questions – kids eventually start to come up with some answers. Give these a try!
- “What new opportunity would you like to have?” This question implies that new opportunities are out there. Helping a child to discover new opportunities, even in regards to sports, is important for their growth and development.
- “What would you like to accomplish or learn?” This question suggests the benefit of setting a goal or target for the coming season. It does not necessarily require something measurable. Continuous learning, and steady progress toward any worthwhile goal, is the point of this question.
- “Who, or what cause, would you like to help?” This question reinforces the value of getting one’s eyes off “self” and choosing someone, or something, to serve. If this type of inquiry, and the follow-up dialogue, is new for you and your child, expect some awkwardness and uncertainty at first. Share your own stories of how you struggled with similar questions in your youth. Just because your child is quiet doesn’t mean he or she isn’t participating; thinking is often quiet.
The three questions above should be conversation starters between you and your children. Never tackle all three at one time. Spread them out over several weeks Remember, the ultimate outcome of asking good questions is that it leads to movement in a worthwhile direction.