Parenting: When is it OK to let kids quit sports?
Most people with a child in youth sports can tell you something about quitting. My dilemma began the way many parent-child negotiations do: with begging. When my 7-year-old son pleaded to play tackle football last year, I did not resist because I was worried about broken bones and concussions. I resisted because as a single mother of two, I knew the nightly practices would kill me, not him.
Contrary to my good sense, however, I enrolled him and watched as the pint-sized players donned their pads -- occasionally their cups -- to practice five nights a week like grown men.
Then, after 13 weeks of screaming and berating by one of the coaches -- and a nearly perfect record I should point out -- my son did what his gut told him to do: He quit. “It’s not fun,” he said wearily.
How does a parent know when it’s time to quit and when it’s time to insist that children stick to what they start? I asked experts for advice. Read my First-Person Parent article and chime in with your comments.
-- Lisa BoonePhoto: It's difficult for parents to know when to let kids walk away from youth sports such as soccer. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times