Mental Notes For Mommy…Watch Out for the "Crazy Parents"

I have learn many things through trial and error or heck just by
simply living my life. Something may happen and I say
“Make a Mental Note of that for next time.”

Watch Out for the “Crazy Parents” when your children begin playing sports. 

Your initial thought may be that I’m talking about when children get older, say around middle to high school, right?  Well not so much.  Even if it was high school I still believe the parents can get completely out of hand.

The competitiveness starts early.  It is rediculous.  As early as t-ball games and beginner soccer there are parents yelling at their kids, yelling at the referees and talking about other kids on the sidelines.  I call them “The Crazy Parents.”  I am all for wanting my child to the best they can, giving them encouragement, and  helping them in areas them may need improvement.  But the yelling and the put downs are just simply unnecessary.

I can remember one specific time when a child swung to hit the ball and missed.  I had said “That’s okay, good try, just try again.”  The parent stated “That wasn’t good, keep your eye on the ball.  We don’t lie in this family.”  The poor child was only  five or six.  These also tend to be the same parents that also go a little overboard on the bragging rights of their kids.

What has happened to positive reinforcement and encouragement?  Why are parents so hard on their kids at such any early age?  Is it really beneficial?          

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9 Responses to Mental Notes For Mommy…Watch Out for the "Crazy Parents"

  1. Anonymous says:

    This always happened at mine and scotty's soccer games when we played! It STILL happens even during cross country meets

  2. Jennifer says:

    We have just experienced some 'cray parents' ourselves. Christopher had his first year of 4 yr. old T Ball and there were some screamers. Not sure what they think it is going to accomplish!

  3. blueviolet says:

    It's entirely too common. It's as if they're living through them or something!

  4. Mrs. Teasley says:

    In my experience, it is discouraging and even harmful to the mentality of the child, no matter how old, and make them grow to resent their parents. Children need encouragement and support, not put-downs. When I see this, it makes me want to run up to the kid, hug him/her, and say to the parent "What's wrong with you?? He's just a child!!" I'll never understand. It is like those trophies are all that the parent wants, so that they can wave them around under the noses of the other parents and say "Look, my child is better than yours!" Sad, to say the least.

  5. liz says:

    We had our first dose of crazy (hardcore) parents this past year with Kate's soccer team! This one dad was sooo hard on his son, it was awful!

  6. Stopping by from BlogFrog! I played sports all the way through college competively & in high school we had these parents who kept count of how many points their daughter scored vs all the other girls on the team! It was ridiculous! My parents always did pretty good, they always pushed me to do my best but not to the point to where I felt like I had to perform in order for them to love me! I'm a new follower! This is a great idea for posts!

  7. I have experienced a few of those crazy parents and i think its down right despicable the way some parents treat there kids when it comes to sports. its like they are wanting there kids to grow up to get that big pay check form playing sports if only they would put half there energy into supporting them in there school work they would not have to worry about there future yet..

  8. Isn't it just crazy!? Parents who never say things like that at home feel like it's okay to berate their child in front of all his friends and their parents. sigh. I think it's because they totally live their own sports fantasies out in their kids? Can't they just get it that it's okay for their child just to HAVE FUN? To not always have to be the best? Great post!

  9. I've heard about the competitiveness for sports at an early age but have yet to experience it! For me I'll be happy if my children simply enjoy participating and learning about good sportsmanship.

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