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Why Parent Engagement Is Important

By Skye Eddy Bruce, Soccer Parenting, 12/14/17, 12:00PM CST

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Parents must be activated. The switch needs to be turned on and the level headed parents need to be called to action.

The term “Parent Engagement” has become a buzzword in youth soccer recently. Clubs are working to develop parent engagement programs and, likewise, parents are being encouraged to get more involved.  There is some confusion though.

What does parent engagement mean?

Parents often are confused because historically they have been told to disengage.  Parents know they don’t want to hover or be a helicopter parent, they don’t want to be labelled a “crazy soccer parent” and so the concept of parent engagement is confusing.