What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?


Do you have kids in sports.  Do you know parents who have kids in sports?  Do you plan to someday have kids in sports? Or, do you just like to laugh at parents who have kids in sports?

Well then, you should read my latest article on ParentSociety.com,  called “6 Kinds of Sports Parents. Which are you?
and take my Sports Parent Quiz.

Now, some of you may be familiar with the post I wrote  at the start of my kids’ baseball season “Bulldogs Don’t Wear Lipstick” where I vowed to be a good better Sport Mom. But recently, I have had the desire to really examine the sports parent phenomenon – what makes a good sports parent, and what makes a nightmare one.

The article starts with the study that initially intrigued me:

I read a study recently where hundreds of college athletes, over 30 years time, were polled with the question: “What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?”

The overwhelming answer was: “The ride home from the games with my parents.”

Those same college athletes were also asked what gave them joy and made them feel good during or after a game. The most common answer was their parents saying…

Ha – cliffhanger!  You will  have to go  HERE to find out the answer and hopefully, take my quiz.

Are you scared?  Don’t worry.  It will be fun.  I have always found it is good to laugh at yourself…this way, the people laughing at you have company.

Oh, and be sure to come back here and tell me how you scored! Pretty please with sugar,  chocolate and peanut butter on top?

13 responses

  1. Uh oh. I am bad, very bad. I need to work on this one. 🙂 It’s OK. My son is 3 — I have time. I will practice “I love watching you play. You are awesome.”

  2. That was a great article!! And, I took your quiz… love it! My kids play soccer and you see ALL KINDS of parents out there. I am going to take your advice and say “I love to watch you play.” What a great and encouraging thing to say to a kid – and better yet, it’s true!!! Thanks for a great post!

      • You give very good advice! I always feel so bad for the kids that have parents that are mean. I have an 8 year old and one of her little teammates gets yelled at All. The. Time. They are 8… it’s supposed to be fun. The parents need to read your article!! 🙂

  3. I’m an angel. 🙂
    I’ve seen what Those Kind Of Parents can do to kids in sports, and I refuse to be an Ahole like that. My Husband has a hard time understanding that his kind of encouragement is a couple years too early for our son, and I sometimes have to counteract it.
    Ugh. Sports. I love them, I hate how jerky people can get about them.

    • Good for you! My husband is sometimes their coach and lucky for me, he is a big believer in being positive and building kids up to give them confidence! And funny thing, he teams do well, and have fun – imagine that!

  4. Thank you so much for this post and quiz. This is going to be a great help when my boyfriend and I have a much needed discussion this weekend. Both our sons play ball and he has very different views on how to encourage his son in baseball than I do. My little guy loves to play for the sheer love of the sport. His son is only playing because he gets paid for good plays. (And fined for poor plays). I strongly disagree with this and was shocked when he told me because he is a GREAT dad and great guy. (Please no bashing my boyfriend anyone.) I hope he will take your quiz and realize what category he fits into.

  5. I’ve just come home from my seven-year old son’s rugby game. They lost again! Haven’t had a win all season. I took him up to the canteen, bought him a can of soft drink and gave him some lollies and said, ‘Hasn’t today been great! You got to see your mates, play your best, drink soft drinks and eat lollies. Isn’t playing rugby great!’ But of course, I would like to see him win at least once this season!