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Parent and kid interview #13

Hi what is your name and whose parent are you?

Hi I’m Paul, Charlie’s Dad

How long has your child been skating?

About 4-5 months, 2 months at Tic Tac skate school.

What do you think about them skateboarding? Are you not worried they might hurt themselves?

Firstly, kids are going to hurt themselves whatever age they are. And secondly, in all sports,hobbies and pastimes there’s a chance of injuries. Luckily when Charlie falls he lands on his head so all’s fine 😉

Seeing how much enjoyment Charlie gets from skateboarding means everything and I am nothing but supportive of it, I’m excited to see his progression and so pleased he has finally found something he enjoys enough to stick out - even with bruises!

What got your child into skateboarding?

He started on a scooter, then moved on to roller skates. One day I bought home a skateboard to work on and he just jumped on it and instantly loved it.

Do you think it’s a positive pastime? Even with all the stigma surrounding skateboarding?

I can honestly say I had not realised there even was a stigma. My boy talks about the values of cheering on other kids and offering help and support. He informs me how important it is to never give up and to try,try,try again. It’s been the most positive and heart warming experience that my son and I have been involved in together.

What do you think of Tom the Tic Tac Skate Coach? And how has his presence helped your child regarding skateboarding?

Anyone who’s met Tom will say the same. He loves what he’s doing, he has a passion for skating and a passion for teaching. He could have 20 kids screaming at him for attention or chattering amongst themselves and he’s still smiling and getting them involved. He fills the kids with confidence and they love him.

Can you imagine not being around skateboarding you or your child now?

No, never.

What do you think you could contribute to the Tic Tac skate school?

I’m ok with wood and painting/drawing. I do a lot of spray painting so any arty stuff I could help with.

What valuable life skills do you think your child has learnt from skateboarding?

He’s learned to face fears a lot more. He’s an only child and can sometimes look alone when playing in a normal park with other kids. But on a skatepark all kids are mates together. It’s a family thing, they offer each other help, and when one falls, another one is there to pick them up. It’s very special.

And finally, would you recommend skateboarding to anyone who has never tried it?

100% and I regularly do.

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