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A Few Snowflakes and Other Stuff

April 5th, 2016 at 03:29 pm

I currently have a lot of work, so I'm not doing a super good job of generating any extra income.

My friend who teaches at the same gym I do said she got paid. I'm hoping to get paid this week, too. And I am going to call another gym (I have a connection to the program director at the gym through two different friends, and they both said to call her).

I took our dog to the vet yesterday for her followup bloodwork (she's on thyroid medication). They had said it'd be about $80, but it turned out to be $45 (so relieved!).

I did a professional survey last week, and got a $25 Amazon gift card in return! Cool!

And, finally, here's the stuff that has nothing to do with money:
F had soccer practice last night, and their girls' select team played the boys' academy team. We had to loan the boys two girls to play with them, and the only point that was scored was a pass from one girl to the other, so the boys won, but technically it wasn't them. The girls were all proud. But before they started playing this one boy looked at our girls and said "cheerleaders!" They shrugged it off, but then the same boy started calling my daughter Vanilla and screaming "her name is Vanilla!" and got other boys to join in (that obviously isn't her name, but it it does end in a "la" sound). And when they all shook hands after the game, this boy wouldn't shake anyone's hand. I want to say something to the coach. Yes? No?

8 Responses to “A Few Snowflakes and Other Stuff”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I would say something to your coach to see if he can escalate some feedback.

  2. laura Says:

    My son's team won 1st place for the indoor league (not futsol) by a Sudden Death Shoot-out after a tie (and our team played right before to qualify for the final game). I've never seen such poor sportsmanship on the part of the players AND the parents. One mother seemed to be embarrassed by her team's behavior - and she came over to a few of our parents and said "Good game. Both teams worked really hard." And I had to agree with her. Sadly, that boy's behavior was probably learned at home, or watching his parents' behavior while older siblings played. Frown

  3. Buendia Says:

    It's so true... sportsmanship starts at home...
    Our coach wasn't there (our assistant coach was but I don't think he heard it). Should I talk to our main coach or asst. coach? Or the other team's coach (who, incidentally, is going to be staying with us next week!)

  4. laura Says:

    I might mention something casually directly to the coach whose going to be staying with you. If it was his team member, I would think he would want to know. I am the mother of a son whose team played girls and was tromped. I recall one boy saying that he should've grabbed one player by her pony tail. Andrew said something along the lines of "that's not cool. I have a sister with a pony tail." He was probably playing U8 or U9 at the time. We've had referees tell parents on the sidelines to be quiet, they aren't coaches, etc. There is also one parent I regularly sit away from during outdoor Spring soccer because he is so bad.

  5. Buendia Says:

    We had one game where there was this poor girl on the other team whose parents were so horrible (not to the other players, but to their own daughter!). They were screaming "You better get a goal Amber!" They were an age older than us, and we tied, and I thought the parents were going to spit nails! I wished we could take Amber home and buy her an ice cream or something! She worked hard!

    The parents on our team are great, and our club has this new program called "Let Them Play" which is supposed to discourage parent coaching.

    My daughter just said "boys are idiots" which is sad and not true! I did talk to one boy on the team this morning at school (he's a 6th grader - grade above - and I'm good friends with his mom). I told him what the other kid said (he hadn't heard it), and he said if he heard anything like that, he'd say something. He said he had my daughter's back, which is sweet.

  6. laura Says:

    Poor Amber. Not sure what is wrong with some parents ...

    I think the "let them play" initiative is brilliant.

  7. Buendia Says:

    I got it slightly wrong - it's Let us Play!

    Unfortunately, this is just our club, and we play lots of other clubs in our region...

    Here's the link to the image:

  8. laura Says:

    I *really* like that concept. I don't think our club has any such sort of organized philosophy. I will admit that our one son had a team that did really well - and at half-time their coach would sit in a lawn chair (with an awning) and all the players would be sitting around him on the ground like it was story time at the library. When we asked my son what the coach was talking about, he said it was always all of the things that he saw that he liked. Never ever was he harsh or crazy or critical. And then of course we've had the crazy Serbian coaches yelling and screaming at players from the lines, probably swearing in other languages, too!

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