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October 01, 2007


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I'm in the same boat with you Henriet! My son Andy is on two soccer teams as well...his Christian school team and a select (non-Christian) team. They are not faring too well, but I yell encouragement and scream like a good soccer mom should. (I never yell at the ref because I want to be a good example to my son.) Learning to cope with the frustration is as simple as getting ice cream after the game and hashing out what did go right.

Scot McKnight

OK, Henriet, I'm competitive too. Very competitive. I don't think the purpose of sports is fun; I think it is to win. Now you know where I'm coming from.

First, my son played baseball, scholarship to a good school for college, got drafted by the Cubs, played five summers up through AA ball.

Second, I coached basketball at a high school for ten years; got two or three technicals. I've always believed that if you don't compete hard enough that you sometimes boil over, you probably aren't competing hard enough. Then that applies only to certain personality types.

Third, as a parent it is incredibly hard to keep silent. We should do what we have to do what is right.

Fourth, talk with your son and ask him if he is comfortable with your behavior.

Well, that's my advice -- from one who loves sports and thinks the thrill of competition is great.


Hi Janine and Scot,

I agree with both of you. Trust me, I behave...most of the time. It's just the feelings inside that can get a little hot. I'm competitive, you bet!

Thanks for your comments and great advice. I agree that my son has to be comfortable with it! I'm going to ask him now...

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