• Try to look positive, content, determined, calm and relaxed during matches. Do not show negative emotions by looking nervous or disgusted on the court side when, for example, your child makes a silly mistake.
• Keep your sense of humour and try to have fun through your child’s tennis. Know that it takes emotional control to be a good tennis parent.
• Stick to your parental role. AVOID trying to be your child’s coach (i.e. become too involved in strategy, technique, etc.).
• Live your own life apart from tennis. Remember you have personal needs too. Don’t totally neglect them. AVOID trying to live out some of your unfulfilled dreams through your child’s tennis.
• Recognise and be generous in your applause of the performance and effort of your child’s opponents. Do not ignore or criticise your child’s opponents.
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