As a dad of five children my older three children have always been involved in sport and activities outside of school. All three played football to which I was very involved and the truth is I wanted them to achieve. Yes, I admit I wanted them to be the best, but that can't always happen S.me children are natural athletes, but of course some have to work a bit harder at it.
I stood on the sidelines of football pitches in all weathers watching my children play and I was, I think a quiet sort of parent although I was coaching the girls as well so at times it was a difficult balance between keeping a level head and encouraging everybody to do well.
On many occasions I saw those parents that I grew to dislike with a passion. Their child was playing their hearts out and trying their absolute best. Then from the sidelines you heard a mum or dad screaming at their child about how dreadful they were playing It's to.ally shocking behaviour and this would happen at least once a match at every game and also the same people would regularly abuse the referee.