I know I don’t ever really cover being a parent on the blog but I wanted your collective advice on something so bear with me on this. My little boy Jacob is six and this year he took up football. This wasn’t because I asked him too it was because some of his friends were doing it and he wanted to start playing regularly.

Now I was terrible at football and if I am honest I never went to any football training and the the first I experienced it was at high school. So when I took him to this he seems to have taken to it like a duck to water. However, although he has some skill and is quite a good player he isn’t going to be the next Gareth Bale and I am not bothered about that I just want him to enjoy it. However, there is a professional football academy near me that are nothing short of brilliant and it has produced a number of professional footballers. He wants to go to it to learn new skills and I think it will be good for him to go for his development but also his personal self-esteem. It is my opinion that if you are good at sport it helps you later in life.

So because of this I am asking myself, is it a good idea to send my boy to be coached professionally regularly or am I just being a pushy parent living out my youth again in my little lad?

About Chris Norton

Chris Norton is the founder of Prohibition and an award winning communications consultant with more than twenty years’ experience. He was a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and has had a varied PR career having worked both in-house and in a number of large consultancies. He is an Integrated PR and social media blogger and writes on a wide variety of blogs across a huge amount of topics from digital marketing, social media marketing right through to technology and crisis management.