What makes a good sports parent?
|Forfattere||Thomas Søbirk Petersen|
|Publikasjon||Etikk i praksis|
|Nøkkelord||applied ethics, children, ethics, sport, parents|
|Sjanger||Etikk og filosofi|
|Adresse utgiver||Postboks 2461 Sluppen, 7005 Trondheim|
AbstraktTwo practical measures that have been introduced in an effort to stop sports
parents from behaving badly will be critically discussed. The first measure is
known under the slogan ‘quiet weekends’. These prohibit parents from attending
games in which their child is participating. Although this strategy calls
attention to an important issue, it is unfair. The second, and far more elaborate,
measure is to have a set of ethical guidelines informing parents how they
should behave towards their child and others in the context of sport. Two central
values tend to run through these guidelines: namely parental concern for
the child’s autonomy and parental concern for the child’s well-being. These
values are discussed as I apply them to cases in what can be called a grey area,
where it is not obvious what is morally right or wrong. In the concluding
discussion a tentative checklist will be presented which good sports parents can
use when they are confronted with ethical issues.
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