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Now I connect this to sports

Over and over I hear parents say that their kids need to be competitive in sports at a younger and younger age. They need to do this because as adults, their life will be competitive.  The training on the field, court, and rink is comparable to what goes on in the classroom, the workplace, and in social society.

This is simply not true. There is no data to support this notion that more is better at a young pre-puberty age. This is merely an excuse for adults to take over and make whatever it is they are involved in theirs. Ironic isn’t? The very thing kids want to do, which is own their experience, is being robbed from them by the parents and adults around them, who should be promoting growth and gaining experience. To make it worse, the adults then take ownership of the sport and turn it into a mini professional franchise.

We go out of our way to make it bigger, better, and to have more status. The children, just like most education, become secondary. “I know what’s best for the children and damn it no one is going to stop me. I will provide the best of everything I can so everyone will look at me. There will be no stone left unturned as my child goes through life to make sure they never taste failure.”

And the rules, well they apply to everyone but me!

 

Written by : Jennifer