When the topic of parental involvement comes to the forefront, off the block we think “Problem” (Negative). We relate to the actions, communications and behaviours before, during and after practices and/or games. Such influencing roles and responsibilities should be viewed as a tool/resource to help and boost a child’s enjoyment, involvement, and, most importantly, growth. The Sporting Influencer is intended to embrace such an important role as parents and to continuously educate those on the sidelines.
There appears to be a consensus that if parents were given the knowledge that would help them better comprehend the consequences of their own conduct and attitudes, they would be more likely to control their actions and contribute to a more positive sporting environment for their children (Gould et al., 2006; Kidman et al., 1999; Stein et al., 1999).
The website’s “Parents” section will be dedicated to embracing and educating parents, as well as giving beneficial information that may be utilised to potentially enhance or continue their positive attitude toward youth sport and aid their son/daughter within sports parents.
We’ve designed a side-drop down menu of information, tools, tasks, and questions to help you better understand your position as a sporting parent and the expectations your son/daughter has in the sporting environment. All of the materials were gathered through evidence-based research, personal/professional experiences, interviews, and books.
To begin the process, here are three questions I’d like you to consider, answer and reflect on?
- Start with WHY? Why does your son/daughter select to participate in sport?
- What kind of parent/spectator are you on the sideline?
- What would make your son/daughter quit sports completely?
F.Y.I – Don’t be afraid to ask
Thank you – Diolch Yn Fawr
The Sporting Influencer