I wonder if anyone really enjoys these or if these stories just make us all the more angry. I have a theory. If a child can handle the game of golf independently and in a competitive environment, then there’s a certain level of maturity required of that child. I’d venture to say this goes for many other sports and disciplines as well.
So, as parents, we may in fact over-estimate our children. I know, I know, some may say we shouldn’t under-estimate them, but we shouldn’t expect them to be the next Tiger Woods either. It’s up to the child to determine if he or she wants to play at that level and if he or she has the discipline to train and learn ability to reach that level.
So, when a child hits a bad shot or misses a putt or doesn’t play the next shot strategically, who’s fault should it be? Nobody’s.
I’ve heard a parent call his little girls “dummy” out on the golf course in front of other parents and other players. And, not just once but on multiple occasions.
I’ve seen parents throw fists in the air, punch the ground and walk away when their little girl makes a bad shot.
I’ve seen a parent put his hands on his hips, shake his head and give a six year old little girl a disappointed look for missing a putt.
I’ve missed putts. I’ve hit bad shots. In fact, I’ve hit some terrible shots and just did so again this morning. And, my first thought was, “I don’t know how my kids do it!”
They are amazing, tough, disciplined and resilient. Give them their props, let them make their mistakes and be proud because they truly deserve it!