HARRY Potter author JK Rowling once said: “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.”
For Cherries head coach Scott Parker, he created some magical memories for wife Carly and his four sons Frankie, Murphy, Sonny and Rafa last week.
Those closest to him were not allowed to witness first-hand Parker’s inaugural experience of promotion with Fulham, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But they were treated to some wizardry at Vitality Stadium from magic-man Kieffer Moore, to send Cherries sailing into the Premier League this time round.
Parker admitted he “let loose a little bit” and rightly so, after the 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, which ensured promotion.
A meal with his family then followed, reminiscing on the season Cherries clinched a top-flight return.
And while the 41-year-old now has the task of taking the club back to the big time, he admits making special moments for his family is something that drives him.
“I have four sons and when I am going to get older, I want to create memories for them that we can reminisce a little bit and they can enjoy what I do,” he said.
“I am fortunate enough, as stressful as it is at times, and as much as I’m wary of that for these young boys – that I don’t want to put them into the situation that they are forced into sometimes, because what their dad does at work.
“There is also an element where they are fortunate enough, that they can also enjoy what I do. So that’s nice.”
Speaking further about his sons, Parker added: “They are all Bournemouth fans, massive Bournemouth fans. I have an 18, 17, 14 and seven-year-old. The seven-year-old has the kit.
“They have seen it (promotion) before but they didn’t, because it was in lockdown. They weren’t allowed the last time we got promoted at Wembley.
“The family wasn’t there, due to the restrictions and we were behind closed doors.
“I think it’s like anything. Where they are at an age now where they probably recognise it a little bit more.
“Little Rafa probably doesn’t understand it as much but certainly the 18-year-old, the 17-year-old.
“I think I have said it before. They are in a world I am not in, in terms of social media. I am sure they are reading a lot of things about their dad or they are reading a lot of things which probably is unpleasant at times, if we lose a game.
“At such a young age sometimes, I can imagine that’s pretty difficult. So yeah. I think like anything, when you get to the end of it and you are successful and you win, it makes it all worthwhile.
“It’s big learning for them that hard work does pay off. You have some blips, which we have had this year, which I had last year in a relegation.
“But I’m very consistent. What I always say to my sons is you keep working hard, you keep going, going, going and in the end, you have a chance of being successful.
“I am just pleased those words hold a bit true.”
Parker is set to spend a bit of time with his family in Portugal over the summer. He revealed a pre-season trip to the same country had already been finalised for Cherries.
“Pre-season is arranged, pre-season is sorted,” he said. “That was all in hand, we planned that months ago, so that’s not an issue.
“But going into the big league now, in terms of prep for that. Squad dynamics, in terms of how the squad looks – a lot of players out of contract or loan players that will be going back to their parent clubs.
“So we will need to quickly have some meetings regarding how that’s going to look and we will plan accordingly from there.”
Cherries will learn their Premier League fixtures on June 16.