It's Little League Signup Time! Should I Care? - Page 3
But where does it say in the parenting handbook that I have to let that fear of depriving my kids rule my life? I'm the one who has to be driving my boys to practice once or twice a week, plus cheer them on at games twice a week. I'm the one who's going to be volunteering for snacks and shelling out the money for gloves and bats and helmets and uniforms. It's a big commitment, and my heart just isn't in it.
Fortunately for me, neither are theirs. They're not begging me to join; when I asked them if wanted to join their friends' Little League team, they seemed more interested in their video game than in my question. If they were really passionate about baseball, I'd have a real dilemma — but since baseball has never been a part of our family life, I wouldn't expect them to be. They're quite happy dribbling a basketball and kicking a soccer ball, so I'm going to live with the guilt and let them sit out the Little League season. After all, they don't have to join Little League to play baseball with their friends, they don't have to play baseball to be All-American boys, and I don't have to sign them up for everything under the sun to be a good parent.