Parents are the Ones Needing a Time Out

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Danny Westneat's column in the Sunday Times is a must-read.  He chronicles the journey he takes as a sports parent:

  • being screamed at by a mother when volunteering as an umpire for a softball game of 10-year olds
  • watching a basketball game of 7-year-olds being stopped because of parents treatment of a referee
  • him yelling at his 9-year daughter to hurry up between ballet and softball practice (with one ballet slipper and one softball cleat on)
  • questioning his daughter for sitting on the bench

Does this sound familiar?

Forget the kids. It's the parents who are losing it.

In a 60-day period from mid-April to mid-June, my kids went to 104 out-of-school organized activities. Deliriously I toted them up the other day. Baseball, soccer, basketball and softball games. Practices for all of the above. Piano and ballet lessons. Recitals. Choir rehearsals and concerts.

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The doctors and researchers and social workers have focused all along on the wrong party. We kids are all right. It's you parents who need a timeout.

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