Being the parent of a cheerleader whose team has just replaced its coach or captain mid-season can be stressful for parents, too. If you keep your calm as a parent, it is more likely your athlete will keep their calm too. Adjusting to change doesn’t have to disrupt the season’s routine. If you find your cheerleader in this situation, use these tips to help carry you through the change, and ultimately make it easier for your cheerleader to adjust. Attend Meetings: If the new captain or coach holds a meeting for the cheerleading squad and invites parents – attend! This is where they will explain their goals and expectations for the rest of the season. By being active and present, you will gain a better understanding of how the new leader will guide the squad, as well be informed about what changes will be occurring. That way, you won’t be completely surprised by anything, and you’ll be able to focus on supporting your cheerleader. In addition, the meeting would give you a chance to ask questions and voice concerns. Not only will you get answers, but you’ll also get to see how the new addition presents themself as a leader. Have a Regular Check-Up: Make it a point to meet with the new leader, or at least with your cheerleader, on a regular basis. Be sure to make it clear that your intention is not to control anyone’s plans or goals, but that you are there to understand the progress of goals and what is going on in the squad. Done properly, your involvement and the support you are showing the team will be appreciated. Be Willing: If the new leader needs your help, be ready to act! You are there not only to support your child, but also the entire cheerleading squad. The new leader may feel overwhelmed by the new responsibilities. You could help take some weight off of their shoulders so they can focus on leading the squad and guiding the team in the right direction. The team unity found in a cheerleading squad is crucial to its performance and survival, and assisting the new captain or coach with what they need will aid the success of the squad. Talk to Your Child: By communicating with your child about the new changes, you can understand how your child is handling it and address any of their concerns. If the change is causing stress for your child, you can show your support by listening and walking alongside her to overcome the situation. She can also provide updates as to how the squad is functioning after implementation of the new leader to help you understand what is working and what needs to be worked on.