Don’t mess with the soccer moms. It might be a bit of a hackneyed sentiment in this post-Palin era, but as Sarah Rain from Delmar, NY, found out when she wrote a post titled “At Least It’s Only 8 Weeks Long” on the local paper’s blog for her town discussing her dislike of soccer season, the vicious soccer mom isn’t gone.
You’d think from the vituperative comments that she’d said she hated her kid or couldn’t be bothered to want to do anything with him at all. What she actually said, quite clearly, is that she believes that kids develop better social skills and autonomy from informal pick-up games, but since that’s not really happening for her son she’s dragging herself through soccer season because she thinks the benefits outweigh the costs, though all the while she’s quietly hoping he doesn’t fall in love with the sport.
“Mustering up the interest in something your child does is a challenge? How self absorbed can one person be?” writes one person, deriding informal games as “a can babysitting your child.”