Have you ever seen a picture of one of those old baby cages hanging out a skyscraper’s window from the 1930s? In the 1930s, parents were worried about their kids’ health because of the poor air quality in those big, old buildings.
I guess this fresh air thing must have been a good thing because in some ways it still persists today. Scandinavian parents often park their little ones in strollers outside of restaurants while they go inside to take a break. They say the fresh air, and even the cold air is good for their babies’ lung development.
I’m not disagreeing with getting our little ones some fresh air. But, in that same vein, I don’t think that we’ll see American parents today hanging their kids outside their 10th story apartment window in a cage. Nor, will we see parents leaving their little ones outside unattended in the cold to build up their lung capacity.
You want to know what else sounds a little crazy? Today, American parents are taking youth sports too seriously. Rules have even been put into place at some youth competitions to discourage cheering. Officials are continually reminding parents of what appropriate behavior is at games. And signs are posted all over just in case parents have forgotten the rules. Coaches even send behavior contracts home for athletes and their parents to sign. Police are now stationed at a lot of the youth games taking place every day across this great big country of ours. Do you remember this craziness when we were kids? No. Me neither. Parents have gotten a little crazy with youth sports, wouldn’t you agree? Parents, let’s just relax a little and let our kids have some fun. Okay?
Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” Remember, sometimes things can get a little crazy, however, through some introspection and self-reflections we can stop some of the craziness right now. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do and all that you will do…