Food For Thought....For Parents & Swimmers

A Soccer Story found on a soccer dad website...

Please do not coach your child from the sidelines. Of all the things covered here, this is one of the most important. The children are there to play soccer and it can be very confusing and distracting to have parents yelling out instructions (even as simple as GET THE BALL), coaches trying to coach, etc. By all means cheer your child on. But leave the coaching to the coaches. You may be surprised at how much quieter our coaches will be on the sidelines this year.

This little story is very illuminating in this regard:

A mom was making breakfast of fried eggs for her teenaged son. Suddenly, the boy bursts into the kitchen...

"Careful!! Careful!! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them. TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh My! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful!...CAREFUL! I said CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you crazy! Have you lost your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The mom stared at him. "What’s wrong with you? You think I don’t now how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The son calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m trying to play soccer."


Something to consider as a swim pearent.