Red Dot Parenting
How to help your kids reach their sporting potential
by Tony Stanger
Red Dot Parenting
A simple to follow guide for parents to help their children achieve their sporting goals, written by a coaching expert who was himself a hugely successful elite athlete.
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It’s not easy being a parent of sporty kids. On an almost daily basis kids go through ups and downs in training and competition and as a parent, it can be challenging to know how to help – ‘I wasn’t selected again, mum, and I’m not sure I want to play anymore.’
In Red Dot Parenting, former Scotland rugby star and Institute of Sport mentor, Tony Stanger, shows parents what they can do to help when these moments happen. Parents are NOT the coach. But they do have a crucial role in supporting their child’s sporting education. Stanger draws on years of experience as an elite athlete, talent systems expert and father of three sporty kids. He is passionate about helping parents to better understand their role in supporting their children to reach their sporting potential.
This is a book for parents of kids at any level who love sport and want to get as much out of it as they can. Parents will learn the danger of young people having too much early success and being labelled a superstar junior. The book explains why kids who are not so good when they are young are often the ones who have the best chance of long-term success.
Based on robust science yet presented in an easy to read and understand format, this book is full of tips and ideas parents can put into practise straight away to build on the things they already do well. The evidence tells us parents are crucial in children achieving their goals in sport, this book explains what they can do to help.
Tony Stanger represented Scotland 52 times at Rugby Union and is currently their joint top try-scorer of all time. He scored arguably the most famous try in Scottish rugby history to win the Grand Slam in 1990 and represented the British & Irish Lions on their victorious tour to South Africa in 1997. He has a 1st Class honours degree in Applied Sports Science and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. After retiring from rugby in 2001 he was a full-time coach at the Leads Rugby Academy and London Irish for seven years and then spent a further seven years as the Head of Talent at the Scottish Institute of Sport. He now runs a talent system consultancy company, Stangerpro.