Every time a practice or game day arrives, it’s a struggle to even get your child out the door. Simple tasks such as putting on their uniform or grabbing their gear may as well be torture. And don’t even mention their enthusiasm (or lack thereof) once they get to the field. They’re miserable, you’re miserable, and you start to wonder if it is even worth the time, effort, and dollars to finish out the season.
Is It Okay To Let Your Child Quit a Team?
But then you think about the lesson that might teach them, telling them that it is okay to quit every time something gets hard or isn’t what they imagined. And does that establish a precedent resulting in them quitting each sport they decide to try? In the end, each individual situation has a unique set of circumstances that you should consider before deciding whether or not to allow your child to quit a team.
Before anything else, it is important that you talk to your child and really understand what it is that they dislike about the game. You have probably heard them complain about the sport more times than you can count, but do you actually know why they are complaining? It may be because they think that it is too hard or that they aren’t good enough. If that is the case, a simple solution could be to practice more whether it be with you, their friends, or someone else.
In other instances, the solution could be a little more complicated. Maybe they don’t get along with their teammates or don’t feel as if they fit in. This is tougher because, as much as you can push your children to make new friends or put themselves out there more, you can’t force them. And even if they do, there is no guarantee that it is even going to work. Regardless of their reasoning for wanting to quit, it is important that you speak to your child and understand their side before making any sort of decision.
Too early to tell?
Another factor to consider is timing. Is it the very beginning of the season? If that is the case, it may be worth it to give the sport a bit more time before deciding. Trying a new thing can be frustrating and even a little scary and making a rash decision at the start of the season is something your child may end up regretting. Instead, encourage them to give the sport a bit more time before finalizing the decision. They may come to enjoy it in the end.
Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to let your child quit a sport is between you and them. Regardless of what you choose, it is important to consider all the circumstances before deciding to ensure that you are making the right choice.