The ‘stress’ of watching 8 year olds

I read an interesting article in The Oregonian recently about sports parenting. It began:

A Southwest Portland mom last week finished her first Little League postseason tournament and found it a stressful experience, especially when she saw umpires calling strikes and everyone keeping score at her 8-year-old son’s games.

The first thing the lady (and the other parents) should tell herself repeatedly is that the game she is watching involves EIGHT-YEAR OLDS. The only reasons for anyone to get stressed are if the coaches are being abusive or her son’s physical safety is at risk. Otherwise, relax and don’t ruin it for the EIGHT-YEAR OLDS.


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