Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

We signed Scooter up for a soccer league this spring. It was supposed to be the litte kids' non-competitive league. I was aghast at how loud and aggressive the parents were during scrimmages within our own team. Scooter very quickly lost interest, in part because of the noise.

When Scooter decides he's ready to try another sport (or soccer again), I hope that I can find the right words to help him focus on the fun (or skill-building or valuable experience or whatever) over the winning. And to somehow have them ring true instead of empty.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We've avoided the teams, too, because parents around here just are so competitive.

When we talked with T. about it we had her tell us the things she most enjoyed about the "contests" (apart from wanting to win the saxophone)--and she told us she liked making friends, and listening to the music, and "dancing" (how she ended up trying to hula hoop!). We tried to help her see that what was fun was the *process* of it all, not the prize at the end. I hope she got it, but I think she still really wanted that saxophone.