My daughter took up horseback riding a couple weeks ago and has been head over heels with it ever since. I used to ride myself, so I love going there and seeing her ride, but it's also a bit stressful. I want to make remarks, I see things she doesn't yet, but I quiet myself, knowing it's not my place and allowing her her own learning process.
Not all parents at the track reason this way though. It's interesting to see.
Last lesson, there were lots of kids and three sets of parents in particular were constantly yelling commands at their kids.
One of the kids, a tiny 4 year old girl, had a bit of a lazy pony and wasn't able to make it trot, even with the whip. Her dad (who had been yelling stuff at her ever since she mounted the pony "sit straight", "hold the reins tighter", "you have to encourage him more") got so worked up, started yelling at the teacher: "whip him! if you don't whip him, I will". He crossed the paddock and went to stand where he could actually touch the ponies.
Luckily, around that time, the stables' owner came by and commented on the parent's incessant remarks.
And he is more then correct.
Sideline coaching is bad for the learning process. It distracts the child, it demeans the coach, it discourages genuine interest.
Moreover, if you're paying a professional to tach the lesson, then don't pretend that you can do it just as well.
Even though it may be hard to just allow natural learning to occur in a field where you have first hand knowledge, it's important to do so. All kids learn at their own pace, and being distracted by the parent's incessant remarks only shunts that pace.
If you can't handle it, just go and sit somewhere with a drink and watch from afar. Loosen the reins ;)
Does your child practice a sport or activity that you do or used to do? Find it hard not to interfere?