Parents, Grandparents, and Discipline

Many reports have been in the news recently about adults having such poor self-discipline and impulse control that, when at a public sports event, they have cursed at and attacked the coach—and even the umpire. You may enjoy this commentary on the subject.

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? Do you know what a team is?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?”

The little boy nodded “Yes.”

The coach continued, “I’m sure you know that when an out is called you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head, dickhead, or asshole. Do you understand all that?”

The little boy nodded “Yes” again.

He continued, “And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach a dumb ass or shithead, is it?”

The little boy shook his head “NO.”

“GOOD,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother!”