Another year of watching parents put unrealistic expectations on their child.
Here are the facts.
Most kids won’t play sports in high school.
Almost every kid won’t play sports in college.
There’s almost no chance you will know anyone who plays professional sports.
Your child has a better chance of being a brain surgeon than playing baseball for the Cardinals, basketball for the Lakers, or football for the Cowboys.
If you weren’t a great athlete, the odds of your child being one are slim to none.
There’s no amount of practice, coaching, or throwing money at the situation that will improve your sons or daughters enough if they aren’t born with special athetic abilities.
Also, screaming at the umpire or referee won’t help. They really aren’t there to keep your child from being successful (note to self).
The truth is if you were an average athlete, your child will likely be an average athlete.
Parents who are 5 foot 8, seldom have children who are 6 foot 7. If you were slow, guess what.
If you got cut from your junior high team, don’t plan on your son or daughter participating in the Olympics.
This doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t participate in sports.
It doesn’t mean they have to be great to play.
It just means parents need to be realistic.
The truth is, when your child is 40 no one cares if they hit the ball, scored a basket, or even played when they were 7.
Sit in your lawn chair and enjoy it.
That’s it. That’s all there is.
There’s no college scholarship or huge contract coming your way.
Just ice cream after the game. And that’s good enough.