Most parents say they want what is best for their child, but often are guilty of pushing their child further and to try harder, even when their child clearly has lost interest or is suffering from an injury – all for the potential of a scholarship that will never come.

Today on the podcast, we’re making the case for stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture and asking yourself if your child is really better off. There are many different myths that are thrown around about the athletic scholarship, the worst of which being that it’s necessarily what a kid would want. Did you know that only 1% of students end up getting one? And even for those that get one, that many of those athletes end up resenting their parents and what they had to give up to please them?

Listen in to learn about the myth of the athletic scholarship, how to best prepare for your child’s future, and why it may not be the best investment.

“I don’t think that any 9 or 10 year-old has got their path set out in front of them, despite what parents think.” – Dr. Robert Berry

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Show Notes:

  • Why an athletic scholarship isn’t always all good for the student receiving it
  • The common misconception that parents have of getting a “full-ride” as an athlete
  • Why investing in a tax-deferred college fund is a better guarantee than betting it all on sports
  • How the deferred dream of parents can creep into controlling the life of their child
  • Why good grades are more important than you might think for an athlete attending college on a scholarship
  • Why some students will make better athletes than others no matter what
  • What you can do to make sure you and your child have aligned your priorities
“I’ve seen a tremendous amount of young athletes who later in life resent their parents for pushing them into a sport or activity that they no longer want to do.” – Dr. Robert Berry

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“Be in it for the long term. Make sure your son or daughter is really taking ownership of the sport, and that it’s not just about you.” – Dr. Robert Berry