Dan in Chicago spotted this unexpected gem in the “comments from our readers” section of the Chicago Tribune weather page.
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I just don’t get the point of posting that comment. Seriously, no one really *wants* to go to kids’ various games/shows/practices every week, but it’s incredibly tacky to go to a site that tries to help people out just to complain.
May 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm rating: 7
And your contradicting point is… ?
May 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm rating: 14
I don’t know about that. I live in the South and there are so many men and even some women that put a football in their son’s hands the day they are born. They are obessed with sports down here and they are very into making their sons play sports and then attending the games and being over-involved in it. Stage parents but for sports pretty much.
It annoys the crap out of me. I had a friend lament when her six month old got diagnosed with asthma because “OH NO HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PLAY FOOT BALL!!!” I mean really?! The kid cannot even sit up yet and you are planning his sports career for him!? I told her he may not even like sports so why worry about that right now?
May 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm rating: 28
Haha Too right. My dad hated that I wanted to play soccer instead of football, until he realized I still played rough. Then he kind of got in to it, after forcing me to play part of a season of football in junior high. I quit halfway through, he got mad for a while. Stupid Texas.
May 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm rating: 14
It isn’t any different here in the rural northern plains where I live. Sports around here have a emphasis that is WAY out of whack. For instance, our schools – even the elementary school – have 2 days off for State basketball championships, even if our team isn’t in them. 2 days that have to be added on at the end of the school year.
We have numerous sports camps and practices every day, yet no AP academic classes.
May 22, 2011 at 9:41 am rating: 9
Good thing kids in Little League don’t know how to use this Internet thing, otherwise his feelings might get hurt when he reads it.
May 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm rating: 12
What, you think he can’t TELL she doesn’t want to go?
He can tell.
May 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm rating: 17
Personally, I think the comment is kind of funny. I mean, even though we all love our kids, and enjoy watching them have fun, we all have our lazy days too when we just don’t want to drag our old behinds down to the ball field. I can completely commiserate with that comment, and I know I’ve been there myself. It is a little of an odd forum to post the comment, but I don’t think he did anything hurtful or tacky.
May 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm rating: 34
That’s what you get for wanting your kid to have a social life. You could just let him sit at home and play video games like a normal parent, but noooo…
May 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm rating: 10
Kids can have social lives without playing sports. Mine do. They have weekly parties and playdates to attend but have never played sports.
May 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm rating: 9
Sports = social life? You’re an idiot.
May 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm rating: 11
Day after Mother’s Day too. Geez!
May 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm rating: 0
ha I am dreading my sons wanting to play sports. My husband and I are NOT sports people in the least so it will be a friggin nightmare for us to have to sit through games even if they are playing. I will be the parent reading a book and only paying attention if my kid is at bat or the ball is coming their way or something. BORING!
May 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm rating: 10
Larry: Alright, weatherman, I’m gonna tell you my point. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that you’re predicting rain to clear the golf course for yourself.
Weatherman: Oh my god.
Sol: That’s ridiculous.
Larry: Ridiculous? Ridiculous? It’s happened before weatherman you know it. You know what I’m calling the weather people on this.
Weatherman: Your gonna report me because its a nice day?
May 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm rating: 3
Playing scheduled sports isn’t a social life for kids. Kids hanging out with each other, playing in the park, being independent and spontaneous, etc. is socializing. But I forget, this is the USA, where parents are afraid to let their kids out-of-site, and where they control any free time their children have with schedule activities-sad really.
May 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm rating: 17
Exactly. I hate pushy parents.
May 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm rating: 1
Yeah, and no parents in any other countries are over-protective.
Generally, though, I agree with your point. Kids need time to just BE, both alone and with each other. Parents can go a little nuts scheduling stuff for their kids intending to enrich them, but unintentionally exhausting them instead. My siblings and I used to play in the woods for hours on end without any adult interference; I’m sad for kids who have no autonomy where their free time is concerned.
Sports do teach social skills, though.. Teamwork, communication, cooperation, how to succeed/fail graciously, leadership/support roles. And yes, it can be PART of a social life for kids. (And no, I never played sports, nor do I have kids who do.)
May 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm rating: 9
After watching countless overly-enthusiastic soccer moms, I am thrilled to see at least one parent that tells it like it is.
May 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm rating: 23
The emphasis is way too much on Sports in texas… the high school I went to received believe $6000 in grant money for “technology purposes”. They used it for a year supply of gatorade for the footbal team.
May 22, 2011 at 9:01 am rating: 9
Glad to see our tax dollars so well spent!
May 23, 2011 at 6:50 am rating: 1
Our middle school has a similar story. But they didn’t buy Gatorade, they decided to rebuild their stadium for football games.
Jun 5, 2011 at 4:53 am rating: 0
Susan, if you don’t want to go, I’m sure your kid doesn’t really want you there anyway. I mean, how embarrassing is it to have to point out to the other kids that your mom is the one rolling her eyes and nodding off in the bleachers?
May 22, 2011 at 11:12 am rating: 1
Pretty sure my parents didn’t really want to go to any of my various games and band concerts when I was a kid and I turned out just fine.
May 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm rating: 8
I danced so not exactly like sports. My parents just had to show up for the once a year recital and some dance competitions. They enjoyed watching me dance but then you have to sit through 100 other dances with kids that are NOT yours and I imagine that can get boring.
So sports is probably the same way if you are not a sports fan. You will enjoy watching your kid doing something like being at bat or scoring a goal or whatever but the rest will be very very boring for you. If my kids play sports and are not happy with mommy and daddy being there but reading a book or whatever then we just won’t show up at all but I can’t pretend to like sports. Not happening.
May 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm rating: 4
That might explain it. We’ve got some interesting folks up here. Really, though. Counting on the weather? You don’t count on the weather for ANYTHING in Fort Wayne.
May 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm rating: 2
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Let’s hope her son doesn’t read the weather report. I don’t blame her, though. Little League games in Chicago are humid and long!
May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm rating: 0
I love sports, but I overextend myself (three weekly leagues plus weekend tournaments). So I find myself rooting for rain so I can have a night free to play WoW. ; )
May 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm rating: 1
You see, what I like the best is the beautifully poetic “THUNDER IS ROMEOVILLE” from the poster above Susan.
May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am rating: 2
I came here to see if anyone else caught “Thunder is Romeoville” too. Poetry.
May 30, 2011 at 12:08 am rating: 0
People should relax, that shit is funny. Like I said to my husband the other day after sitting through another school event, being a good parent is a real pain in the ass sometimes.
Jun 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm rating: 1
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