Parental involvement in our children’s chess activities is a delicate matter. It can take us to very deep and dark places in our own psyches, is there an element of frustrated ambition in what we are doing?
In teaching and encouraging my own son to play I don’t think I feel motivated by frustration with my own chess playing but it’s good to consider it as a factor. There certainly seem to be many reasons why we should teach our children to play chess, but could these be excuses?
Here anyway is a fascinating video clip on the matter, though the subject is football rather than chess: