So…Scorch. We’re finding out very quickly that being in the 3rd grade is evidently the key to opening up all things sports in our town. Including tackle football.
We are a football family. My brother played as a kid as did the Hubs. In fact, when I met the Hubs he was coaching a local high school team which meant we went to an average of 3 high school football games a week. Friday Night Lights is one of my all time favorite shows (clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose!). And, most importantly, Scorch has been playing flag football for the past 4 years and he *loves* it. So basically, I know I’m destined to be a football mom and, fears about concussions aside, I’m totally fine with that.
But not at age 8.
Not when the weight limit to be eligible to play is 50 lbs and Scorch weighs 54 lbs. Especially not when you consider the upper weight limit is almost 3 times Scorch’s weight.
And not when playing tackle football requires 2 hours of practice 5 days a week with games on Saturday.
So as geeked up as Scorch was about playing, we had to stay no. We’re not willing to subject his little body to football yet and, selfishly, I’m not willing to commit my family to a sport with that intensity yet. We explained all this to him and it sucked. The poor kid is devastated and I feel like the world’s biggest jerk but we’re not backing down from this one.
This is the first time we’ve had to say no to something like this. Sure, Scorch has dealt with no’s plenty of times before but not about something so important to him. I feel like we crossed some huge parenting milestone and I’m not at all thrilled with it. Parenting – who knew it would be this hard?!
Oh MAN, I’m not sure I dread anything more than this type of scenario with my kids. I still remember my senior year when I was invited to spend Christmas in Mexico with my friend’s family and my parents would not let me go. I was absolutely devastated. Now, as a parent, I more than get the reasons they didn’t let me go, but at the time I just didn’t have the capacity to listen and understand. I know that will come up with my kids, more than once, and I know I’ll have to say no and deal with the fallout. Sigh.
Is he over the disappointment now? Football for kids totally scares me!
He’s completely over it. That’s the joy of an 8 year old- they don’t hold grudges. 😉