The Family Game


What Sport and Psychology Teach Us About Parenting
‘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.

Dr. Paul Gaffney has used his experience of working as a clinical and counselling psychologist with children, adults and families experiencing a wide range of problems, and with athletes and coaches striving for excellence, to write this book which will outline practical strategies for living better lives together. The book takes its lead from the stories of inspirational sportspeople and teams. These are supported by, and linked to, psychological knowledge and practice. 

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Sport can reflect all that is good and bad in people. 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 of 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 and resources. It will show you practical things you can try and idea for further reading and information to help you and your family.


“A unique piece of work which will engage and benefit anyone who is fortunate enough to read it”

Professor Pat McGorry, University of Melbourne.

“An excellent resource for any family and should be recommended reading for all parents”

 Phil Moore, Director Performance Services, Sport Ireland Institute.

“This work reads like a long conversation with a valued friend”

Dr. Grainne Kelly, Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist, National Children Hospital

Publisher: Troubador Publishing
ISBN: 9781788039628
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm