who’s your kid’s biggest critic? Pretty easy to answer but why is this the case?


1 Response to “who’s your kid’s biggest critic? Pretty easy to answer but why is this the case?”

  1. February 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    CNN recently did an interview with Dirk Nowitzki, an NBA MVP and I found it amazing that even an elite professional athlete seemingly at the top of his game still chose to mention that his father is his biggest critic. Nowitzki says his father still talks to him after games to offer advice or to ask things like, “Why did you shoot instead of drive?”

    This is a man who was chosen as the Most Valuable Player in a league where Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Dwayne Wade all play and he’s getting heat from his father who never even played basketball? Are you kidding me?

    Let’s face it, I really shouldn’t be all that surprised. I guess no matter how old or successful you are, sometimes, there’s just no pleasing the ol’ man.

    I think it’s safe to say that most if not all parents take on the role of biggest critic for their own young athlete. And if you don’t think you are, you’re just kidding yourself.

    The question I have is this…WHY? I can find the most objective coach in the world who is adept at mentoring young athletes and offering sound advice in a level-headed and calm manner but the second that coach is faced with managing his own kid, he goes nuts.

    Admit it, if you have any sports background at all and a decent grasp of your own senses, you can walk into any gym in America or onto any ball field and immediately look at a coach instructing a group of kids and pick out the coaches kid with 99.99% accuracy. This is the kid the coach is being hardest on and typically yelling loudest at.

    And I know this isn’t just about coaches because the same goes for the sideline moms and dads. Think about it. How many times have you gotten out of the car with your kid at a game and told them, “Go out there and have fun.” But what happens right after the game, win or lose, when your son or daughter gets in the car to go home? That’s right, the ol’ post game recap. We start going over an explicit play-by-play that you would think was being sponsored by Pepsi.

    Again, we all know we do it but I want some real insights as to why it happens and what we really think we’re getting out of this…

    This will most likely be the topic for this week’s show.

    Looking forward to your thoughts.


    Coach Tony

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