Overcoming Failure - A message from the Positive Coaching Alliance for Parents, Coaches and Athletes:
When your children make a mistake in competition, they may look at you on the sidelines. Do you want them to see your grimace and hear your shouts of anger? Or would you rather they see a supportive gesture and hear your reminder that mistakes are OK so they can focus on the next play?
The latter describes a Mistake Ritual. Your child's team (or just you and your child) may use the "no sweat" gesture. So, when your child makes a mistake in a game and looks to you on the sidelines, make the gesture of flicking sweat from your brow and say, "No sweat, next play!"