Parents need more support when coaching their children


A BT survey has revealed that more than 60 per cent of parents feel they need more support and help, specifically when developing coaching skills for their children. Additionally, more than 70 per cent of parents feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children.

The survey also highlighted that more than a third of parents and carers, 37 per cent,  feel that they do not spend enough time with their children and one in four are looking to make the necessary changes to be a more attentive parent in 2011.

Lack of time and work constraints are factors contributing to the lack of contact time between parent and child, with nearly a quarter of parents complaining that they do not know what to do with them or that their children seem disinterested in spending time as a family.

Julie Hindley, BT education manager, said: “Parents and carers need ideas about activities that they can do with their children that will bring out the best of their relationship.

"Our survey found that 40 per cent of parents worry about their children not playing outside enough, perhaps due to the fact that 81 per cent see engaging in sports and activities as being integral to a child’s development."

When asked how their children most like to spend their time, parents and carers said that the majority of children like to play with their friends. However, the results also showed that 14 per cent of children like to “stay in their rooms” and over one in 10 like nothing better than playing on their computer. Surprisingly, five per cent of parents admitted that they don’t have any idea as to what their children are doing with their spare time.

When it comes to playing with their children outside, nearly half of all parents surveyed said that they haven’t done so in the last month, despite the fact that 67 per cent remember how much enjoyment they got from being active when they were younger and that just under half believe children learn a great deal when having fun outdoors.
As a sustainability partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, BT is encouraging families to take time to do different activities that introduce parents to key coaching principles they can adopt to help children get better at sport.