Parent and child interview #4
Hi what is your name and whose parent are you?
I am Fiona and mum to Henry (11)
How long has your child been skating?
Henry got his first skateboard about 2 years ago but it sat in the shed unused until 6 weeks ago when Tom started the Tic Tac skate school.
What do you think about him skateboarding? Are you not worried they might hurt themselves?
Skateboarding has really taken Henry out of his comfort zone,it is so physical and he has to focus. I am worried that he will get hurt, in fact he has had some proper falls but he keeps getting back on the board and going again. I love the fact that he just keeps persevering.
What got your child into skateboarding? Was it your influence or...
I originally signed Henry up to the Tic Tac Skate classes but his dad loved skateboarding when he was younger and now they have a shared passion. My husband has also started skateboarding with Tom in the Silver Surfer group.
Do you think it’s a positive pastime? Even with all the stigma surrounding skateboarding?
I don’t think skateboarding should be viewed negatively, it is great fun, and highly energetic - in an age where a lot of socialising is via a game console or social media – this is real contact, with real people. It is very inclusive and everyone chats and shares experiences with whoever is at the park.
What do you think of Tom the Tic Tac Skate Coach? And how has his presence helped your child regarding skateboarding?
Tom is great fun to be around and he talks to the children as equals, he shows them great respect and in return they appreciate him all the more for it. He is skilled and knowledgeable and you can’t help having total trust in him (even when the kids are ‘dropping in’).
Can you imagine not being around skateboarding you or your child now?
No, since we have all started skateboarding we are spending hours every weekend and during the week at the park practicing. It’s great fun and you feel truly exhilarated doing it. The smile on Henry’s face every time he does something new is priceless.
What do you think you could contribute to the Tic Tac skate school?
I would be happy to support the Tic Tac skate school in whatever way I can – not sure what that is yet.
What valuable life skills do you think your child has learnt from skateboarding?
Perseverance, taking an interest in others and making friends.
And finally, would you recommend skateboarding to anyone who has never tried it?
Yes definitely, and it’s not just for kids, you can have a go no matter what your age.