So, my 6 year old is currently playing in the town flag football league. He sucks at it and he really doesn't want to be there. And honestly, I'm getting to the point where I don't either. I had told him before the season started and numerous times since then that if he signs up for something that he has to stick it out for a whole season. This is how I was raised and it seemed like it made sense. But, I'm rethinking the entire thing. He's really not helping his team out at all and I'm not sure the exercise benefits are really there as he doesn't move around very much at all. What he mostly likes is to play around with the other kids while he's the one who isn't playing. Oh, and he's not the best at trying to get back onto the field after his turn sitting out is over. And usually at least once a game he 'gets hurt' and starts crying.
So, is there any reason I should subject both he and I to this? Does it help him to stick it out for the rest of the season? We've got another month left. I'm trying to find the lesson I'm teaching, but coming up blank.
Diggy, am I remembering correctly that you had the same issue last year or with some other sport or something? I could just be having a wicked case of deja vu, I haven't had much coffee yet.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure we discussed this in terms of soccer too. I'm thinking given that this issue keeps coming up that organized sports might not be for him. :) If you're all frustrated and miserable, you might want to just cut your losses but tell him no more sports for a good long while, until he signs a contract or something to play the whole season.
As long as he doesn't always want to quit everything he starts and isn't great at, I don't see the problem with letting him quit this time. I get that you're trying to teach him to work hard at something he started, but if you're both miserable, why bother? He's only 6, after all.