The vast majority of parents are very well intentioned when it comes to trying to do their best for their children. However, there is a line that can be crossed and in some instances there is a very subtle difference between being pushy and being supportive.
The table below looks at some of those differences. A small change in behaviour as a parent could lead to a major change in the environment that you create for your child.
|You want to win more than your child||Support the process not the outcome|
|You react in an inappropriate manner||Control your emotions|
|You make them specialise in one sport from a young age||You let them try a number of different sports|
|You force them to play||You give them a say if they want to participate|
|You don’t give them choices||You provide lots of very different opportunities|
|You are embarrassed and ashamed if they make mistakes or lose a match||You keep your composure and remember it is your child who is playing|
|You only care about your child and how well they play||You support all of the children involved in the game|
|You constantly yell instructions to your child during the game||You only praise and support positively from the side|
|You argue with other parents and coaches||You are friendly and supportive of other parents and coaches.|