He gave advice on what to say before and after watching your children play sports. I had heard the what to say after the game previously – “I love to watch you play”. This is great advice and something to remember for after watching your children perform whether on the sporting field, or a music performance, or at debating, etc. Tim suggested that before the game you say “Have fun. Play hard. I love you.” For more about this you can read an article from Tim Elmore here.
It struck me that this is not only relevant before a performance but a version of this could be said every time we drop our kids somewhere. I was particularly thinking about before we send them to school. So often it is a rush in the morning and I can be giving last minute instructions in the car or making sure my son knows how he is getting home in the afternoon. However if I simply say something like “Have fun. Work hard. Love you, mate.” as I drop my son at school or the bus stop I’m sure it will boost him emotionally as he starts the day. When my kids go out I often do say “Have fun” or “Have a good day” but I think adding the other parts could be beneficial.
What do you think?
Do you say anything special to your children when they leave for school or other activities?