Pushy parents are blatantly obvious to the trained eye.
They’re usually the ones cursing at the sideline of sports games or keeping a watchful eye during dance class to make sure their five-year-old isn’t having any fun!
Every race must be won, laughter means they’re not trying hard enough and heaven forbid their six-year-old does an ankle and can’t compete at the gym carnival.
Parents that force their young kids to compete in sports, perform in violin concerts or walk the tight rope are quite frankly a bunch of selfish gits trying to vicariously live through their children.
Supposedly there’s a bunch of grown ups out there that see their children as extensions of themselves rather than as separate people with their own hopes and desires.
I’d love to give them kick in the head.
Not surprisingly there’s research to prove that many of the parents who go to great lengths to make their kids succeed are attempting to make up for their own failed dreams!
Cue the tragic mums that dress up their little girls and make them enter beauty pageants!
These selfish parents appear to have little concern for the well-being of their precious cherubs when they give them spray tans, dress them up like trash bags and give them botox.
I don’t buy the spiel that these toddlers enjoy prancing around in high heels while their fugly mums prepare them for the catwalk.
They don’t do it for the money, they want their girls to shine because they failed miserably in life and now sit on the sidelines stuffing their faces with Twinkies hoping to get redemption through their children.
When my daughter started school she begged me to sign her up for anything and everything.
She took a crack at gymnastics, little athletics (never again) physical culture and soccer – she also had a trial of jazz, cheer leading and juggling!
I’m just pulling yah tits about the juggling.
At the moment she does nothing but play like a little girl should. She appears to be deliriously happy and blissfully unaware of the fiercely competitive world happening around her.
I’m actually quite happy because you’re only a carefree kid for a few years and there’s plenty of time for competitiveness and all the ugly that goes with it down the track.
For a while there I got the guilts thinking that she should be doing ‘something’ – thankfully it only lasted 10 minutes and then I slapped myself silly remembering that she is just SIX YEARS OLD!
There is not one single ounce of me that wants her to become a superstar in any areas that I failed, if I did then she’d be signed up for almost everything, except debating, how to be smart arse and drinking 101!
When she’s older, wiser and aware of the work involved with extra curriculum activities I will support her in whatever endeavour she chooses.
As long as it’s not juggling!
Got a few pushy parents in your circle of friends? Do you rein in your competitiveness for the sake of your young kids?
Can you juggle?
Joining in with Jess over at Essentially Jess for IBOT