Children deserve to be permitted and encouraged to experience these life lessons.
You know when a club isn’t diligent about safeguarding this ethos. This is the sort of club where abusive parents are not sanctioned. Coaches treat kids unfairly. Girls, non-binary and kids with disabilities aren’t given the same opportunities as other kids. Parents feel unable to raise issues about what they see is going wrong.
As a parent, you can play a huge role in ensuring your club is one where all kids’ sporting experiences (not just yours) are positive and life-affirming.
Kids need parents (you and the others) to show them the way, act as role models, teach them to observe life’s boundary lines.
To always guide and mentor them towards positive behaviours free of entitlement, disrespect, abuse and violence.
This isn’t necessarily a time-consuming responsibility.
Here is some Club Respect advice for being the AWESOME parent kids need you to be.
Like it or not, they’re all observing you and soaking up the parents’ good, bad and the ugly. So, seize your responsibility and opportunity to promote the positive at all times and in all situations.