Parenting is hard. Trying to keep up with all that needs to be done, shuffling kids around to activities and being an active parent supporting them along the way, balancing a baby in the middle of it all… I get it. Being a soccer mom brings many challenges, not the least of which is dealing with other kids and parents. I am not one to generally criticize others’ approach to this whole parenting thing, but sometimes? There is such bizarre behavior that I will admit: I can totally be a judge-y pants.
Soccer parent behavior that baffles me:
Your child eating a hot dog during the game.
Yes seriously. DURING a soccer game that the child was playing in, he was eating a hot dog. This might only be second to the kid downing nachos and soda right before running out onto the field. Shockingly, these kids did not play well. Perhaps even more surprising is the lack of vomit on the field that day.
Screaming at your child that he’s not good enough
This behavior just appalls me. Encouraging your kid to run faster or telling him he needs to pay attention is one thing; yelling at him that he’s terrible is another- especially in front of his teammates and other parents. That poor child. (The coach stepped in at this point).
Never showing up
We all have commitments and work and other children- things come up. But when you forgo watching your kid’s game for reading/sleeping/etc in your car, I just shake my head- especially after seeing that kid beg you to watch. I’m all about downtime and enjoy flipping through a magazine at practice, but your attention means the world to these kids. At least watch some of the time.
This one is always astonishing. Really?? I understand that we are outside, but it still hits everyone around you. The electronic ones are little improvement. I don’t care if you’re a regular smoker, have at it- just don’t do it near the fields.
So yes, I confess that I can be judgemental. Do you ever see behavior at your kids’ events that just drives you crazy?