You can check out more of What I learned posts over at JoLynn's Musings of a housewife.
I'm kind of winging it this week because I don't have anything jumping out at me but let's see what I can come up with.
It's probably better if I don't drink my favorite Starbucks drink during the kids Football games because the caffeine might make me get a little mouthy, and Mark may have to shush me :0. Have you noticed watching my kids play football seems to bring out the worst in me? In my defense, the league we are playing in did not do a very good job with the teams this year. I fondly call Connor's team "The Replacements". Have you ever seen that movie. It's where the real players go on strike and they find "replacements". It's kind of a hodge podge of players but they eventually learn to work together. Anyway Con's team only has 2 other teams to play against and one you saw in the video yesterday. are middle schoolers and they have played both flag and tackle together, so it's really lopsided. Alex is the youngest and smallest on his team.. he's used to being the smallest but surely there was a team of 8 yrs olds they could have put him on. Anyway he's doing fine but would probably have more fun if the other boys were closer to his age. I'm almost done, just hang in there with me.
What's the deal with these coaches that have sons on the team (99% of them do) which makes perfect sense but when you are playing in a rec league, why do they always (in my experience) show favoritism in playing their kids more and any position they want even though he may not be the best?
I know I sound like one of those whiny Moms and usually I really do just "pull up my big girl panties" (as Mom would say) and hang in there. I do know that team sports can be good for kids and they learn a lot about working with others but the mentality of some parents and coaches is just something I have a hard time swallowing.
Anyway, what I learned this week is that if sports are what the boys are passionate about right now, I will do my best to hang in there with them. I will give them the information I have as far as the ups and downs and realities as I see it, but let them make the choice for now.
In the meantime I will secretly hope they follow their other passions such as.. Alex and his music, and Connor with his geology and paleontology. It would be much easier on this mommy's heart :)