If you’ve put in the hard hours supporting your children in sports, it’s more than likely you’ve encountered a number of parenting stereotypes during your time on the sidelines.
Do the five below ring any bells?
1. The Pushy One
Nothing their kid does is quite good enough. ‘Yes, you scored three one-on-ones, but what about the one you missed son?’. The Pushy One is on the kid’s back at home and at games. You listen to him cajoling his child before, during and after games and wonder what the poor little guy has to put up with at home. They want the best for their child but are more likely to be alienating them than improving their game.
2. The Underminer
A coach is there to instruct the team, a parent is there to support it. But some parents don’t get that. We’ve all encountered them. The parent who thinks he can do a better job and is constantly questioning the coach’s decisions throughout a game - behind the coach’s back of course. ‘You see, why’s he playing Toby there? Toby needs to be three metres further forward so we can use his pace to counter.” It’s an under-10 game mate. The referee is not spared either. Other parents listen and nod, but really just want him to shut up so they can focus on the action.
3. The Former Prodigy
Little George’s Dad could have played professionally for Aston Villa were it not for a serious ankle injury. Not that interested? Well, he’ll tell you about it anyway. He tells you subtly, appearing not to boast about how he was one of the stars of the under-16s, but there’s not a single parent who hasn’t heard the story. The epitome of the humble brag.
4. The Town Gossip
Ever just wanted to watch your daughter play hockey but find yourself on the receiving end of all the latest non sport-related goings on? You can’t concentrate because Jessie’s mum is in your ear telling you how she’s spotted two of her daughter’s teachers together out of school ‘on more than one occasion’. She’s not watching any of the action but will contribute the occasional clap of encouragement.
5. The Normal One
Parents can just be normal. There is a large proportion that go along to watch their son or daughter enjoy the game without feeling the need to instruct, criticise, show off or any of the above. Many parents put in a good number of hours in a weekend transporting children to and from games, supporting them throughout and also making sure they attend training in the week.
Have you met any other types of parents at your kid's games? Let us know in the comments below.