Parents gone wild: 4 things you can do to deal with overreacting parents

The stereotype of the sports parent screaming and acting aggressively, profanities flying until the angry mum or dad is thrown out of the rink, gymnasium or the field, didn’t create itself. Parents, coaches, and team administrators have all witnessed this behaviour.

But now, as reported on CBC radio in this shocking news segment, heckling, screaming, and violent parents are not restricted to minor sports events anymore. These aggressive behaviours are becoming the norm at kids’ music recitals. Yes, you read correctly. The high-stakes world of youth orchestras is the new arena for parents going wild.

Of course that CBC news segment is a satire (and one worth listening to if you haven’t yet). But the joke is on sport parents. The humour in the piece only works because the extreme behaviours of the main character “orchestra dad” are a caricature of over-the-top sports parents.

I want to turn this trend around and give the game back to the kids. Maybe you do, too. Luckily, you are not alone. Many parents, coaches, and organisations are attempting to do just that. We all have to work together to achieve that goal.

Here are 4 things you can do to help turn around the negative trend of parents ruining kids’ sport experiences:

1) Use humour

Sport Nova Scotia just launched a campaign to help parents understand the problems that can arise from early sport specialization. Not unlike the radio segment from the show “This is That” I mentioned above, Sport Nova Scotia’s campaign uses humour to bring attention to and educate parents about some behaviours that can have very negative outcomes for their kids. Hopefully Read More

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