By Trevann Hamilton
If you aren’t familiar, Project Mbappé refers to training your child to be a successful international footballer. This social media trend was named because of Kylian Mbappé . Kylian Mbappé , is a French footballer who plays for one of the best clubs in France, Paris-Saint Germain. Mbappé, who is now 21, has already won the World Cup, a league title, and been to the Champions League finals. Some players spend their whole careers trying to achieve those things but they never do.
Was it Luck?
Could it just be that Mbappé was lucky? It’s highly unlikely, since he is the son of an athlete and a football coach. His mother was a handball player while his father is a football coach as well as an agent. It’s alleged that he started training Mbappé as young as age six. As a young boy, it was clear he was going to be something great and the prophesy came through. According to a French article, his father is reported as saying “We knew very early, at the age of eight or nine, that he would become a crack (a great player). In his category, Kylian was always above the rest. While he had to play with the under-13s, he had been outclassed with the under-15s and he was decisive. We knew he would go to a training center. I was sure he would be on TV.”
How Do I Give Birth To a Star Athlete?
We have heard of other parents training their children to be successful such as Venus and Serena William’s parents. If you’re a sports fan who wants children, you may have fantasized about having your child play for your favourite team. Time suggested a couple of tips in their article titled The Key to Making Your Kid a Star Athlete: Back Off.
1. Encourage Your Kids to Experiment- This means allowing your children to try many different sports. If you’re hellbent on having a child who is excellent at football, pushing them to do only that would mean you wouldn’t even know that your child is an excellent tennis player. In addition to that, you may find out your child doesn’t love sports and is good at something else. Let them explore their options. According to David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, “The path that most elite athletes travel is the Roger Federer path, with his parents forcing him to play basketball, badminton and soccer, not the ‘Tiger’ path. That’s an exception.” While I don’t like the concept of forcing children to do things they don’t need to do, there is some merit in letting them try different things.
2. Provide Positive Feedback– It seems to be second nature to tell children when they made a mistake but you should also acknowledge when they’ve done something good. According to the article, “Positive feedback is linked to higher performance.”
3. Encourage Reflection- The article says that great performers have the skill of reflection in common. Therefore, children should be encouraged to think about how they performed. The article says, “By encouraging young athletes to ask themselves questions that will facilitate that kind of thinking. What did I do well? What didn’t I do well? Who are the people who can help me get there?”
The “Project Mbappé” posts on social media are usually just jokes but I’m sure some people want to have successful athletes who can take care of them financially and make them proud. While there are steps you can take to encourage your children, not everyone’s child is going to be a star athlete and people have to be okay with that. Unfortunately, some people live vicariously through their children and when the child doesn’t live up to the standards they set, it can cause a breakdown of the relationship. Giving birth to a successful athlete may be rewarding but make sure you love your children regardless. There are more important things than sports (for some people).
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