Pushing Boys Into Sports

Dear Sara,

I have two boys ages seven and nine. My husband played lots of sports as he was growing up and he follows sports religiously on TV. He thinks his boys should be just like him and makes sure they are signed up for whatever is available. They are not at all enthusiastic about sports but go along so that they can have their Dad’s praise and attention. How can I get him to see that this is not what they want?

Dear Leah,

Even if your sons are not particularly interested in sports, this is a good way to occupy their time. So many kids either sit in front of the TV or look for things to get into. Your husband is willing to spend his time getting the boys into something that he loves and even if the boys are not really interested they are getting a lot of attention from their Dad which is really important. This is a good situation. Support it.

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