Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pet Peeve of the Day

A week or so ago, I was talking to a couple about their kids, one of whom is a six-year old girl.  They were telling me that she was playing soccer, which piqued my interest, of course.  They said she liked to go to practice but didn't like gameday.  Their solution?  Don't make her go to the games.  Really?  Let her join a team, practice with the team and then NOT SHOW UP FOR THE GAMES.  Wow.  This sure is teaching her some good lessons.  I honestly had to bite my tongue so that I wouldn't blurt out that I thought they were IDIOTS.  (WARNING:  This is the part where I talk about "...when I was a kid...")  My brothers played organized sports as kids and before each season of whatever sport began, my dad would ask if they were sure they wanted to play, because if they joined the team, they had to go to practice, they had to go to games, even if they rode the pine (none of this "everyone gets to play" b.s.).  No weekends off, no skipping games for other activities.  And after the questions, my brothers would decide.  Simple.  Do parents do that anymore?  Yes, I realize that this kid is only six but still.


  1. The only reason for not liking to go to games would be not getting to play. If that is true then at age 6 they need to find another program to participate in. Rules should be amended so that every kid has to play at that age.
    But as to your main point I agree you are part of the team or you are not. That is what team teaches and means.

  2. I agree with your point and the comments. And now I have to stop talking bceause the thought of my kids getting her feelings hurt because she doesn't get to play in the games is making me a bit stabby.