comment from CrazyCatLady made me wonder: Is this really happening? Parents are sitting through every practice, rain or shine or monsoon?
Dear Free-Range Kids: When I was a kid, back in the ’70s and into the early ’80s, there were not a lot of “after school” activities. Latchkey kids were a thing. Sports after school was Kiwanis Baseball. My brothers did this. They rode their bikes to practice and back. They rode their bikes to the various games. Occasionally, my mother, father or step father would bring siblings to the games. We were all proud of them at the end of the season even if it wasn’t a winning season..Let’s look at now. Now parents are expected to attend and stay at practice, either as something that they signed and agreed to, or just from peer pressure from other parents. Siblings spend hours a day, at the park, climbing on the bleachers and being bored, being told to stay near their parents. Coaches seem willing to throw in extra practices, so that what started as 2 days a week, and game day, end up with 5 days a week and game day. If your child doesn’t come, your child doesn’t get to play..Yesterday I saw an advertisement for pop up huts for parents to sit in when the weather is cold or rainy. They hold one folding chair, no room for the extra child..Nope, not for me. Just stay home already! Let the kids go play their game, have their practice, without 23 adults involved! The weather is bad, why do I need to stay? I will come on a NICE day!.And no, I don’t want to drag the bored young ones unless their is a park that they can play in without someone bringing them back to me saying that I need to watch my kids..
They were this one. https://undertheweatherpods.com/ I certainly have other things I can do for my $100!.
Here is their Face Book page, that is the photo on the top is what I saw that made me say “Nope!” https://www.facebook.com/Under-The-Weather-Sports-Pod-Pop-up-Tent-890630404363170/?ref=ts&fref=ts
So, I actually like the tents for what they are: Convenient little shelters. And I do recall some really miserable afternoons at my kids’ sports practices when they were young and I believed I had to sit there. But please inform me, readers: How many parents are staying for how many practices a week? Are drop-offs not allowed? Very curious about this scene. – L.