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Parent and kid interview #15

Hi what is your name and whose parent are you?

Alix and I am mum to Saffie (aged 13), Kye (aged 10) and Mila (almost 7)

How long has your child been skating?

They’ve had skateboards for about four years now, but hardly ever used them. They only started skateboarding with you in April this year!

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

Of course I worry especially when I google the professional skateboarders and come across all these photos of them laid up in hospital and wrapped in a million bandages with only their eyes poking out. (Actually, this has given me a GREAT idea for this year’s Halloween costume – professional skateboarder.. haha). But I also worry about Saffie going to town on her own, something happening to them at school, falling out of a tree, getting run over by a car…. I worry probably more than a ‘normal’ person but I do accept that there is danger in everything we do every day and as long as they are not completely reckless and exercise some degree of caution, then I am fine with it.

What got your child into skateboarding?

Having said all of the above about me worrying, strangely enough it was ME! I always thought that it would be cool if someone would run skateboarding classes, but the nearest I could find were in London.. so this is such a great thing that there are now classes down the road from us!

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

You meet all sorts of people going about your daily life. Good and bad. I assume the same thing applies to skateboarding, but (and this may be due to the times we frequent the skateparks), we have only come across polite and courteous skateboarders so far (probably more polite and courteous than my own kids!!!)

And I think the ‘stigma’ is changing with skateboarding now becoming an Olympic event and more girls getting into the sport as well. Social media is a great place to follow the rise of these ‘athletes’. So the face of the sport is becoming much more positive and aspirational and everyone I have told about our kids doing skateboarding thinks its really cool.

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

Tom is lovely, he is very patient and so encouraging with the kids. My three are all very different to each other and all of them have grown so much over these past months. They absolutely adore Tom and his classes, so much so that they are upset when skateboarding lessons are not on. They want to do well for Tom and that is best kind of engagement a teacher can have from a child.

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

I can imagine it but we would miss it. My hubby and I have also now got longboards now and the five of us often take our boards to Dorney Lake. The feeling of the wind blowing in your hair (mine, not the hubby’s obvs), fresh air on your face and sense of freedom you get is like no other.. it’s good for the soul.

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

Erm…. ???

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

To persevere, try new things, conquer their fears or insecurities, show camaraderie, make new friends.. theyhave become empowered and grown in confidence, which to be honest, I was not expecting from skateboarding lessons. Credit to their amazing teacher!

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

Yes, of course. I have since bought some of my kids’ friends skateboarding lessons because I know they will have fun and grow personally as well.

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