Red Dot Parenting


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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, 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 the learning of their kids. The author draws on years of experience as an elite athlete, talent systems expert and father of 3 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 easy to read, this book is full of tips and ideas parents can put into practice 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.

5 reviews for Red Dot Parenting

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon UK Customer

    A great read and reminder from Tony about the importance of the language we use in helping our Children reach their true potential. Tony is an expert in this area and has brought together the learnings he has taken from many experts in this field and written it in a simple yet effective way that should help any parent support their child as they progress through their teenage years. As a full time coach as well as being parent of two teenage children it was a great reminder of some of the fundamentals in helping your child grow. I would recommend this book to both parents, teachers and coaches as it has something in for everyone.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon UK Customer

    A very practical and engaging way of guiding parents to support their kids in a highly effective way. Tony seems to make the science and research behind the concepts in the book understandable and accessible, allowing for quick use with temperamental kids.
    This is a concise and engaging read. Buy it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon UK Customer

    This was a great read – took less than 2 hours although I will refer to it frequently. Evidence based and very well written and full of easy to digest ideas and guidance for parents. I can think of so many people who need to read this. Many of the principles will also transfer to business.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon UK Customer

    Excellent book that succinctly explains the background and practically how a parent can support and help a child reach their sporting potential. There is an easy read across to all aspects of helping children develop their approach to homework, education, music and drama.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon UK Customer (verified owner)

    This is a highly readable book containing clear and practical advice. Tony includes lots of examples and writes in a conversational tone which makes the content both easy to absorb and to retain. He has taken a lot of research based evidence from Carol Dweck and others and put it into a format that is highly accessible. Although written primarily for parents of ‘sporty kids’, the content is relevant to anyone interested in helping others (or themselves) to maximise achievements and realise full potential. Highly recommended.

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