I’ve got to tell you, I was a little miffed today. Tom and I were just finishing an awesome set at the tennis courts, when we heard this dad kind of scolding his kid while they were playing together. The kid is, like, 9 years old, and he’s actually pretty good. But the dad is always super intense. He kept saying stuff like, “Focus,” and “Why’d you miss that?”
A bunch of people were rolling their eyes, but nobody really said anything. Tom and I just called out, “Great shot,” to the kid a couple of times.
Anyway, I have a theory about parents who criticize their kids like that and put a bunch of pressure on them. I think they’re trying to prove something, and they’re using their kids to do it.
If I play tennis with either of my folks, they’re super positive. I think that’s because they were both high level athletes. They’re not trying to show how great they are through me. They also get it that you can have a bad day, that it’s just a game, and that it’s ultimately supposed to be FUN.
We were talking about it when I got home, and Mom showed me this video, from Hockey Canada. It’s pretty funny. And awesome.
I wish the dad from the tennis courts would watch it. Maybe he would chill before his kid stops wanting to play!
Whatever sports or activities you’re doing… Have fun this week!