One of the fondest pastimes for every parent is to watch one’s child growing up. I’m no different and as I watch, I realise, once again, the role that sport plays in the development of a child. I could see the joy born out of mastering new sporting skills and the satisfaction of constant progress, and I said to myself “Let it happen” – this project, I have been thinking about for so long.
As I reached the end of my professional sporting career, I was more and more aware of parents that actively guided their children into various sports. It was obvious to me that more than ever before, parents were starting to believe that sports offer a safe and exceptional environment for a child’s development.
But having said that, it is also true that many parents do not actually understand how their child perceives a sport, and therefore limiting the way that they could contribute to or support their child’s involvement with that particular sport. In other words, every parent needs to realize that a child perceives the development of their abilities rather differently than we understand.
This book should help children, parents and anyone involved in sport in any kind of capacity/role, to understand what a child expects from sports and the best way to encourage and support him/her. Let me try and change your view towards your children and their sport, and may this be as much of a joy and pleasure to you as it was for me.
Enjoy the time with your kids! Enjoy the sports!