Kids who play youth sports spend hours and hours practicing and playing the game. If you step back and look at life as a whole, do you see sports for kids as a waste of time?
One old guy who came into my husband’s work place does. His comment to my husband in one of their conversations was:
Sports is a waste of time and doesn’t help young people learn to work.
Many older folks from the depression generation feel that way, including my own father-in-law.
But I respectfully disagree with them; I believe sports does teach kids to work.
It may not be the hammer and nail kind of work. Or the digging ditches kind of work. But it is the this-is-not-easy-but-I’m-not-going-to-give-up kind of work.
I’ve seen it in my own kids and I know that the years they spent playing youth sports–from preschool through college–taught them huge lessons about working hard and gave them a work ethic that says “I will not give up.”
How about it? Do you think youth sports teaches kids to work or is it a waste of time, time that should be spent learning “real” work?
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