So what does this presupposition do to our kids, one has to wonder? For the children who have a propensity to kick that ball with vigour, for those would-be Beckhams, it's a win-win situation. The parents get to live out any vicarious fantasies that they may have, stemming from youthful sporting pursuits yet unrealized; the child gets to bask in the glory of the thrill of victory as well the gleam in their parents' eyes. The darker side to this reality, however, is the ongoing feelings of anxiety, stress and inadequacy felt by those children who may not have the desire or ability to become the next Olympic gold medal winner. For these children, just the mere spectre of competition within the athletic realm is enough to make them quake in their boots. This because all children are not created equal, despite all of us being told otherwise.
Kids and sports -- if you're a parent you know that it's just a matter of time before you address the topic. It doesn't matter if your child is a boy or a girl, the question hovers over their heads nonetheless. Will they play sports? What sports do they like? Will they excel?
And in these instances, the message that we're sending to our children is loud and clear: we want you to excel at sports, so you'd better do it. We want to see you become an athletic star, regardless of your interest (and often skill level). We want to finally realize that long-standing dream of hearing the roar of the crowds, experiencing the adoration of the fans and seeing the dollars on the bank statement, even if we didn't earn it. If it's for our kids, that's close enough, right?
Very good essay. you pointed out a most important issue of today. I just hate it when I see young kids playing video games on their play station all day. Back in our time, we were used to go out and play real sports. That’s why people were more healthy at that time. I feel pity for today’s kids. They don’t know what they are missing. The kind of fun you can get from playing real sports, you can never get it from your silly video games.