Key Player

Tonight at the soccer field Carson was playing with the other kids (non-players) at the end of the field. Matt yelled at him in a braggadocious tone: “get back on the bench with our team. You’re a key player and they might need you.” Carson does not even know what it means to be a key player. They are in 2nd and 3rd grade and they aren’t put in the game due to skill but on a rotation. It was as if he was boasting and made sure he was loud enough for everyone to hear. In fact one disabled elderly man turned around in his chair to see who it was that was saying that to his child. I was embarrassed.

Where is the humbleness? Where is the teaching moment for Carson to be on the bench to serve his team by cheering them on, rather than to make him think the team revolves around him being called into the game?

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