'Sportive' parents learn lessons too

Both children and their parents benefit from sports.


Researchers at Purdue University's Department of Health and Kinesiology have found that parents who sign their children up for sports learn the same lessons that their children learn from sports. 


While children are making friends and learning to work well in groups, parents are practicing the same behaviors in the stands and on the sidelines. Spousal communication also improved as adults coordinated logistics for carpooling and attending practices and games, whereas other parents noted improving their time management skills. Some parents reported maintaining friendships after their children finished with sports, and others talked about how they experienced an emotional loss when they were finished being a sports parent and no longer had those opportunities for adult "playdates."