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Quitting time?

September 10, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
I know. I know. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Blah. Blah. Blah. I get all that. But, is there any time at all when it's kind of OK to let your kid quit? What if it just makes your life so much more peaceful and pleasant if you let your child quit? We are going through a situation with Julie and soccer. We have only had one practice and one game and I'm ready for her to quit. She is completely miserable playing. She pouts. She whines. She cries. She avoids the ball at all costs. She screams "I don't want to make a goal!" It's literally pure torture watching her play. And, it's definitely partly my fault. I enthusiastically signed up for soccer as soon as she expressed a twinge of interest, (mostly because her new neighbor friend plays). I should have known it was too much...especially with swimming lessons being on the same day. She just started at a new school, moved into a new neighborhood and she's just getting adjusted to new faces and new routines. Not sure what I was thinking, but now we're in the thick of it. We already paid the 150 bucks, bought the cleats and soccer ball and told her she had to finish the season. Even though Scott and I would both love to nix the whole soccer thing (especially if it doesn't get much better in the coming weeks), we really can't justify quitting. We're in a bit of a bind. What are your thoughts? Is it ever OK to quit?


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