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If I sell a dream to my son of course I can manipulate him into believing it and giving his all till one day either I or the dream fails him.As parents we don't just need to encourage children to do well, we need to manage their expectation levels too, most of all we need to believe in their ability to make good choices after we have provided them with a secure and balanced upbringing.
In a democracy we are all given certain freedoms but these are being denied to these children. My daughter would probably do anything to please me but my responsibility to her is to let her make her own path regardless of my wishes as long as she's physically and mentallly cared for.I don't often think I'm a better father than other dads but I do in this case. Hope the kids are freed.
Sounds like that guy Ray is already counting the winnings
The people criticising this man are all losers. Top man! Well done!
What's this? A HYS on BBC sport not about Man U?Can't be right
Good for him teaching her about hard work and exercise. But he is naive. Around the world there are hundreds of little tennis girls training just as young and just as hard. Some have huge advantages such as living in S.FL where they can have many expert coaches, and hit with talented kids every day. So he has no idea if his girl would "beat" the rest as he has not seen the other girls.
Sport is good for you. Children go to school all day to learn and improve life choices. Why not see how good we could be. Don't we all want to be the best we can be. Unfortunately in women's sport 9/10 you have to be young to be successful. Sport is part of being a child because sport is fun. She will meet lots of a kids by being involved in tennis. Don't all parents want to help their children?
To the comment about hard work and talent. One won't work without the other. We all knew kids who were hopeless at sports, some just are. No amount of practice and hard work will make them good. However George Best arguably best player ever worked at his game. He used to go out and practice after training. So you need both, hard work alone will get you nowhere, talent without hard work is wasted.
Lot of clueless comments. As a sports coach, i see many kids in schools with potential. 99.9% of whom do not have access to a knowledgeable parent or coach, acting in their interests to foster talent, support, or simply be a dedicated taxi driver.Parents like him give the child a chance to make it. As long as he keeps it fun and if the child is enjoying the sport, then more power to him
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