Do you think kids should be made to compete in school sports? We were quite surprised by some responses to this mums question.
Mum shares, “My daughter was in tears a few days ago – it was her swimming carnival and she really didn’t want to take part (a combination of not being a strong swimmer and being self-conscious of wearing swimmers in front of her peers).
“My heart broke for her and I felt really angry that our kids are forced to participate in group sporting events (swimming, athletics etc).
“Kids aren’t forced to stand up in front of the school and do public speaking so why do they all have to take part in school sport competitions, whether they want to or not! It just doesn’t sit right with me. I’m sure there will be mums who disagree with me – I’m keen to hear your views….”
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Mums argue for and against
Some parents believe we shouldn’t push our children to do something they are not comfortable with, while others say it is actually important to encourage them to participate.
Jade said, “I stayed home on swimming days for the exact same reason.”
Rachel said, “I agree.. My son wouldn’t come with a swimming carnival and at this stage has never been pushed to attend. If we place students out of their comfort zone, they will withdraw from other aspects of learning and it’s a harder battle right here.”
Ronnie Joy said, “I feel the same. Keep her home on those days.”
Danielle said, “Swim & athletics carnivals aren’t compulsory to participate in at a lot of schools, seems a bit unfair to force kids into it.”
While Kirby argued that it is good to push kids out of their comfort zone, “I think it’s great makes the kids go out of their comfort zone and grow a little more… my daughter had so much anxiety about swimming in a big pool she did it yesterday smashed it she did so well and she was so proud of her self for doing it… again making her self ready for the world.”
Rebecca said, “I’ve made mine participate it’s a lesson in life that there’s things we have to do that might make us nervous but we have to do them anyway.”
Jo agreed, “It’s a part of life to face things that are uncomfortable. I tell our boys that they can decide on the day if you want to swim or not (run or not, participate or not) but they are a part of the school and their sport house and they should be there to support and cheer on their peers.”
Nicole added, “It’s great to have kids participate. Life can’t always be fun and sometimes you need to do things you don’t like. to me this is the same as being made to do school sport or maths. It’s part of school.”
Tammy also said, “I disagree as well. I always say to my kids to try new things as it maybe their new favourite thing and how will they know if they don’t give it a good go. I don’t care if they come last the only aim for them is to do better than they did last time, not do better than the kids next to them. Once they get a job they don’t get to pick which tasks they want to do and which they don’t.”
Constance Hall Weighs Into The Debate
Constance Hall actually had some wise words to say about it herself recently.
She shared, “As I wiped the tears away from my daughters eyes who didn’t want to go to school yet again for yet another swimming race for her to entertain the school with her lack of skills I said to her, “and this is why you are such a beautiful fit with art. There is no winning and no losing and no pats on the back for at least giving it a shot.
“Publicly performing isn’t mandatory Everyone is fucking fabulous even if you just splashed a tin of paint all over a wall and rolled around in it while singing along to Queen.” I have nothing against competitive sports.. but I do think we place a little too much public importance on them. Every kid is so different.”
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There is this school in Melbourne that makes all of the kids draw a picture in front of the school. Even the ones who are really bad at art. One by one they have to stand up at assembly and draw a portrait. While the whole school including the parents watch. Some of the kids cry during it because they are so bad. Then they rank the kids from the best in the class, as the winner all the way down to the worsts drawer as the loser. One kid is the worst drawer and he comes last every year but they still make him do it, even though he often cries because his drawings look so ridiculous. Some of the kids are of course amazing drawers and they look forward to it every year, but some of them who have absolutely o creative talents or interest in Art find it humiliating year after year. Just kidding. That school doesn’t exist. I suppose getting a kid who has no interest in art to publicly paint over and over and over again, just to reinforce the fact that he’s crap at art seems…. Odd. As I wiped the tears away from my daughters eyes who didn’t want to go to school yet again for yet another swimming race for her to entertain the school with her lack of skills I said to her, “and this is why you are such a beautiful fit with art. There is no winning and no losing and no pats on the back for at least giving it a shot. Publicly performing isn’t mandatory Everyone is fucking fabulous even if you just splashed a tin of paint all over a wall and rolled around in it while singing along to Queen.” I have nothing against competitive sports.. but I do think we place a little too much public importance on them. Every kid is so different. And while she’s drying her eyes at the thought of another fucking race….. This year her class has skipped music altogether because they only do it every second year at her school ????????♀️
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