Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Know Your Child's Coach

Think back to when you were a kid. Chances are that you were probably allowed to do plenty of things on your own. Like, maybe you could play outside by yourself or even walk to the local park on your own. Whatever the case may be, there is a good chance that you had a lot more freedom than the kids of today.    

These days, most kids have what are known as “helicopter parents.” These are parents who watch their child’s every move, who know where their kids are at all times, and who are often there with them.

Today’s ever-vigilant parents, however, are often not as concerned as they should be about who is interacting with their children on a regular basis and who they let into their children’s lives. While they won’t let a child go on a long bike ride alone, today’s parents will often send their kids off to a sports practice without knowing anything about the coach or assistant coach.

This is foolish- much more foolish than letting your child play outside alone! So many parents just blindly assume that any coaches or others working with their children have been properly background-checked and are safe and trustworthy. And, while this is sometimes the case, it isn’t always true!

Make sure that, if your child is spending time around a hockey coach or any other adult, you know the details of that adult and his or her background. You should also know what methods the school or other organization uses to “test out” individuals and make sure they are safe and trustworthy around children.

This kind of thing is far smarter and more practical than worrying about your child’s every move or where your child goes to play. Make an effort to worry and tend to the things that matter. This is the best way to keep your children truly safe!

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