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He Is Only a Boy

September 29th 2006

I ran across an article on sportsmanship that includes a poem – He Is Only a Boy – featured in a high school football game program.

It is amazing how some parents and fans in general get pretty worked up and animated during kids games and towards kids as they give their very best on the sports field.

I know there was a time I caught myself shouting directions to our son as he attempted to play youth basketball.  I was encouraging him to “box out” the guy he was playing defense against and go get the rebound.  He looked at me with a big question mark on his face as if to say, “box what?”

I looked at my wife and said, “He has absolutely no clue what “box out” means, and that’s my fault because I didn’t take the time during the week to teach him what ‘box out’ means.” I continued, “I have no business yelling instructions about something I haven’t taught him how to do.  So from this point forward, unless we work on something during the week and he knows what I’m talking about, I’m just going to sit here and be quiet.”

My wife just looked at me and smiled.  I had a pretty good idea what she was thinking…”You, be quiet? I’ll believe it when I see it.” For those of you who know me, or wo’ve come to know me through our blogs, understand I’m a pretty animated person who finds it challenging to just sit still, let alone be ‘quiet,’ and simply ‘observe’ an event.

Well, when our son’s game ended, I apologized to him and shared that I wouldn’t say anything in future games unless he and I worked on things during the week or previously.  He thought that was a good idea.  Over the years, that ‘idea’ has proven to be a good rule between myself and our kids.

So this article – He Is Only a Boy – really hits home with me.

It’s a great reminder to continue being a mentor and role model for our kids, and I encourage you to do the same with your kids and/or all of today’s youth. Together we can make a difference.

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Ron Goch, The Telios Group 

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