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01-10-2012, 01:37 PM
Jive Time
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I think with parenting there is a selfish component. For me, the thought of watching my kids play baseball every weekend sounds punishing but going to the rink 5 times a week is the highlight of each day.

Back in August I took my son to tryout for our club tournament team (squirt). He's a great skater but generally lacks enthusiasm for the sport. He wasn't too keen on the additional practice but agreed to it based on my insistence. We talked about the rewards that come from working hard at something and how that translates to every aspect of your life. The upside for me came after a Winter tournament this year when my son came up to me an said "thanks for putting me on the tournament team". It was genuine.

Is it moral to pressure your child into any sport? Sure, but as a parent you have a responsibility to walk the line between teaching work ethic and promoting a healthy fun factor.

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