After sitting in the stands during my kids' first foray into organized sports, I was astounded by the level of aggression displayed by the parents in the stands, as well as certain coaches on the field.
I noticed similar behavior while observing other children's competitions.
These little 5-7-year-old are playing for popsicles, while the adults are demanding rule clarifications, yelling at little kids for not running fast enough, or for dreaming while waiting for fly balls in centre field.
Many of these little athletes leave the field in tears while their parent shake their heads in disappointment.
What's going on?
I turned to Family Therapist Vikki Stark for answers.
This post, on The Good Men Project is the result of our conversation:
Aggressive Sports Parents: Dealing With Them and Saving Kids' Self-Esteem
Enjoy, and I'll return with new posts on July 15th.
Photo—Baseball kids team from Shutterstock
You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.