Tuesday, May 1, 2012
He's Just a Little Boy
I saw this bullshit on facebook today, and came uncorked. Here was my response:
Pff! Next thing is not keeping score. Man up! This isn't a game. This is training for the real world. The problem isn't the boos and hisses from the audience; that's to be expected in any sport. The problem is the protectionist do gooders who suck the life out of healthy competition by posting nonsense like this on a fence. These people run around thinking their children will be scarred for life because it wasn't handed to little Tommy on a silver platter. Life isn't fair; it never has been. Sooner or later, little Tommy is going to grow up and he won't have the benefit of these do gooders trying to protect him from the reality of the world. At some point Tommy is going to be Tom, and he's going to have to be a man. If Tommy can't take a little ribbing and a little healthy competition, then perhaps it's time to throw in the towel and do something else... or he could grin and bear it for awhile while Dad gives him an approving nod to let him know it's okay to make mistakes; it's called learning. "Deal with it son." Tommy learns to take his licks at a young age and grows up with a thick skin. Now that's real life experience right there, and that is effective parenting and support in competitive sports, which translates into other facets of life. The protectionist do gooders would rob little boys of this fantastic learning and growth opportunity, and for what? So Tommy doesn't get his feelings hurt? So they'd rather steal good life lessons from him because it makes them feel better about their own insecurities? How's that going to work when Tommy decides to join the Army, or attend business college, or run a multi-million dollar conglomerate? Oh too soon to learn valuable life lessons in little league? I say there is never too soon an opportunity to learn.