The best way to talk to a teenage girl falling out of love with sport is to focus on the positive aspects of the sport that they once loved and emphasise how these positives can help the girl excel in her current life.
Talk through why she initially enjoyed the sport, and how it can be used to enrich her life in the long term. It’s also important to listen to her and be understanding of why she is falling out of love with it, such as lack of motivation or feeling overwhelmed. From there, you can give her advice and help her set realistic goals she can achieve to gradually get back into the sport.
Inspire her to find her own passion for it and motivate her with positive affirmations, so she can find joy in pursuing her sport again, rather than viewing it as a burden. Tips on how to approach the conversation:
1. Encourage her to try something new:
Maybe a new team or a new type of sport. This could help spark her interest in the sport again.
2. Reinforce the importance of physical activity:
Explain to her the benefits of staying active and how different sports can help her stay healthy and active.
3. Talk to her about the social side of sports:
Remind her that sports can also be about making friends and having fun.