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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Is it just me. . .?

Is is just me, or do you all think that it is crazy to pay your 5 year old for each soccer goal that they score? I have decided that I am not a big fan of most of the parents of the kids on my son's soccer team. They pay their children $1 for each goal that they score. Fine, fine--I don't really mind that but it makes me so livid when they push down the others so that they can score (and then rake in the cash after the game!!!!!!) I am a pretty competitive gal, but come on!!!!!!!

5 comments:

Janice said...

That makes me livid just thinking about it.

auntie said...

Agree... crazy parents, but at least some of them seem to let their kids know it is not ok to push others around. Competitive is ok, but rude is not.

scabiosa said...

There are other ways to motivate your children. Do the parents think its cute, having their children do anything to get that goal and get that $1? But then again it is a growing trend. Money for chores money for grades. What are we teaching our children. My advice, let your voice be heard. PS love your blog. this will be fun. Karlie

Oliver Michael said...

No kidding, that's ridiculous to pay your kids for scoring goals! It shouldn't be about competition, it should be about learning teamwork and sportsmanship.

Glad I found your blog. :)

Paige said...

Um....I let my kids go out to lunch or dinner if they scored a goal in soccer. But it didn't really help them. My son (who I was really trying to motivate at the time) was a walker, not a runner, and I don't believe he ever scored a goal. My oldest daughter who plays competitive soccer is the sweeper (last defense before the goalie) so she's not in the position to score very often. My middle daughter was just there for the social aspect, so she didn't do much goal scoring. When I told one of the other parents about that, he laughed, and when my oldest daughter made an awesome "save" and kept it away from the goal, he said, "That's worth lunch out right there!"

So, Yes, I tried to bribe my children to score goals, but we didn't have to pay up very often.

I also (gasp) pay my children $1 for each A. I don't think that's the motivation, it's just a way for them to earn extra money, and a nice little reward (along with taking their report cards to Krispy Kreme for free donuts for A's). So, I guess that makes me a bad mother, right?