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?