How do we expect our children to learn and grow by example when the examples that we are setting are not looked upon positively in real life situations? Take for example children’s sporting events.
Our world is constructed around keeping our children busy. We are busy and the best way to make certain that our children are entertained is to get them involved in one thing or the other. In fact, future successes are based on how much a child participates in. That is great but what is not great is when the entertainment portion is no longer entertaining because tempers have flared.
From an early age children pick up our tendencies. When they witness actions unbecoming to the public, they may believe that this is the way that they are expected to act. They may also imitate the actions out of sheer delight or because they think that they will look ‘cool’ doing so. There is nothing more irritating than to be heckled by a bunch of young punks, but then again, who can really blame them?
The other completely irritating thing to experience is when it is your child playing and is getting screamed at for playing a certain way or not doing what the crowd expects of him or her. For one, many of the bystanders have never participated in the level of sports that are offered today simply because they did not previously exist.
Even more irritating than that is when those adults who are yelling and screaming do not even stop to consider for one moment the fact that the child that they are screaming at is some other parents’ pride and joy. It goes back to the old adage, ‘treat others the way you would want to be treated!’
If this world is ever going to work cohesively, it will have to remember the important lessons. What is even more important is the impression that we are leaving on our children. If all they witness is negativity and unrest, how do we expect them to live kinder, gentler, more understanding lives?
In fact, sometimes the attitudes of children are so pathetic that to get most ordinary children to even hold a door for anyone, including an adult or their parent, is almost unheard of. The world has gotten this out of hand. Ridiculous!
Look people, kids sports are supposed to be fun. Sure it is exciting to win, but there is always going to be two sides to every endeavor. Shouldn’t we focus on the fun and the competition and not who can make a bigger spectacle of themselves? Think about it!