The case of the misguided helicopter parent

by on December 29, 2010

in Momoirs of a Rookie Mom,Preschooler,Rant

How you can tell I am still a rookie: I am fumbling through preschool soccer lessons! I signed up Milo for his first organized classes (since Music Together years ago) to celebrate his love for ball-sports (and his favorite red shorts). Soccer drills and skills are taught along with songs and games (which he also loves). The first few lessons, he showed rapt attention and an aptitude for soccer that surprised and impressed me. Go kid go. The last few lessons, he demonstrated typical toddler lack-of-attention and amused defiance. Stop kid stop.

But my dilemma is this: what was I supposed to do about it?

Milo during a cooperative moment

Whenever Milo asked me, “Mommy, join the circle,” I sat or stood by him attentively. Other times, I tried to blend in with the spectating parents in the margins. But what’s my role when he’s carrying his ball off in the opposite direction of the class? Do I intervene or leave it to the coach? Does she want parental support or to take care of it herself? And, since it is soccer for two- and three-year olds, isn’t she expecting a certain amount of terrible behavior?

Gratuitous video of my kid kicking ass ball.

The following two tabs change content below.
RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.

Previous post:

Next post: