(This test is intended to see whether you or someone you know is in danger of becoming an over-involved parent).
- Are you disappointed in your child when he/she loses or doesn't play well?
- Are you unhappy because your child's athletic ability and skill level doesn't live up to your expectations?
- Do you coach from the sidelines?
- Do you compare your child's skills or talent with other players on the team?
- Do you boast and brag about your child's performance to others?
- Do you get mad at your child's coaches when they don't play him or her as much as you think they should?
- Do you yell at the officials when they make a call or decision you don't agree with?
- Do you blame circumstances or others - teammates, coaches, or referees Âwhen your child doesn't perform well?
- Do you blame your child when he or she doesn't play as well as you think they should?
- Do you make negative remarks to opposing players or coaches?
- Do you critique your child's events, telling them every mistake they made?
- If you answered, "yes" to one or two questions, you are a pretty normal parent who just sometimes gets carried away.
- If you answered, "yes" to three or more, you need to take a time out and rethink your involvement in your child's sport life.
- If you answered, "yes" to most or all of the questions, leave the playing field immediately. You are the nightmare parents and coaches talk about, and, chances are, your child is miserable.