Teach Your Children Well

We report all too frequently on parents who get carried away at their kids games, but apparently this asinine behavior has invaded the decorous game of golf.

Jesse Huessner, the sports editor of the online newspaper at Staples High School in Westport reports that the CIAC banned parents from matches, because, well…

“Staples junior Eric Gallanty ’11 has seen parents “kick” competitors balls into the fairway to give their kid an advantage.”

Jesse writes that “Parents care more about winning than their kids do.”

Maybe parents should teach their kids a lesson of value: how to lose, and learn from loss.

(Thanks to CT Capitol Report, where I first saw this posted.)



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11 Responses to Teach Your Children Well

  1. Then there are the parents who should be banned by going to certain other sports games their kids are in. Remember there are some baseball games in which the parents are banned due to the way they ‘cheer’ or ‘boo’ or even go after the other players on the other team and call them names. Or attack the umpires.

    What is it that we are trying to teach our kids? They have to ‘hate’ other kids who are different than they are? That they can beat the other kids up?

    What happened to the lryics “You’ve got to be taught to hate and live, you’ve got to be taught to take and give? You’ve got to be carefully taught’

  2. James says:

    From Wall St. to Main St., from Capital Hill to Hollywood we have become a society that (alas) knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

  3. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    What’s wrong with kicking a ball into the fairway?

    And why is the word kick in quotation marks?

  4. Wendy says:

    I am speechless (mark that date) that anyone would act in such a manner and set an example for their children in such a fashion! <shaking head and wandering off mumbling)

  5. Dee says:

    Come on don’t you know the child’s entire life depends on the sport. How will they get scholarships to great colleges? So you kick a ball off the fairway, or hit a ref or two – this is your child’s LIFE we’re talking about! Oh, the humanity!

  6. melissa says:

    As a mom raising two boys,
    I have seen the way parents act at some games. My Son plays T-ball. They don’t keep score and everyone “wins” But still some Moms get all crazy when their kid misses the ball. It’s sad what ever happened to letting kids be kids.

  7. It was indeed time to kick those parents “balls”, off the course!

  8. What ever happened to the words, “Ya lost, Johnny!”? Oh, yeah, they were replaced with “You were the last winner,” like THAT’S gonna make it sound less disheartening. But isn’t losing a sporting game supposed to build character?

  9. Gerry says:

    Thank you all for your comments. Couldn’t agree with you all more.

  10. Linda B. says:

    What happened to the words…”it’s only a game!!?” Jeez Louise!

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