Published: 28/01/2018
ISBN: 9781788039628
Format: Paperback



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The Family Game
How Sport Can Help Answer Parents' Questions
by Dr Paul Gaffney

"It's no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature".

Andre Agassi


This is a book about sport, parenting and family life. Drawing on Paul's experience of working as a clinical & counselling psychologist with children, adults and families experiencing a range of problems, and with sports people and coaches striving for excellence, it will outline practical strategies for living better lives together, taking our lead from the stories of inspirational sportspeople and teams whilst supported by and linked to psychological knowledge and practice.

Sport can reflect all that is good and bad in people, and we have seen fabulous success achieved following great dedication, world class performances reflecting incredible skill and a win at all costs attitude leading to, in some cases, cheating and doping. In sport as in life, we can experience the entire rollercoaster or emotions: elation, heartbreak, exhaustion, vindication, hopefulness or helplessness.

This book aims to help parents and families face up to and deal with 20 difficult questions, and provide clear advice, direction & resources, along with practical things you can try and ideas for further reading and information to help you and your family.

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