Instead, many parents (one of whom muses that he might be an “intimidator” rather than a “motivator” — gee, d’ya think!!?) hire trainers who once devoted their efforts to professional athletes. Seeing a lucrative market opportunity these trainers now apply their grueling techniques to kids nine years old and up. It’s reminiscent of the old East block athletic training mills which once manufactured athletes.
Looking for a silver lining where infertility is concerned I’m glad I don’t have to run into these parents at PTA meetings. Yep, it’s times like this when I think maybe it’s good that I couldn’t have kids. Clearly I wasn’t cut out to be a parent in today’s society because I don’t have the win-at-all cost mentality, and I certainly don’t think it’s appropriate to intimidate your child into winning. Because if they don’t, God forbid, they might not get into Harvard and their life will be over at 17.
P.S. Mr. PJ (who has long been successful at athletics because he simply enjoys sports) adds that he’s glad he was among the last generation of “free range” kids.