daily rant: soccer dads

One thing that disturbs me while going to one of my little brother’s soccer game is having to hear these parents that insist on everyone hearing their advice for their kid that’s playing. This is not only embarrassing for the kid but annoying as well to everyone in the vicinity. Ninety percent of these parents have never played soccer, yet seem to think they’re so knowledgable in what must be done.

I’ve realized that fathers are much worse in this area than mothers. I wonder if the frustration of lacking successes plays a big part in this. I’ve seen many parents go to the games, watch their kids play, support them from afar, and that’s it. But there’s also that dad that has to yell at their kid while they’re playing. They break the kid’s concentration and make them insecure. I’ve even witnessed some kids cringe at hearing their dad’s voice.

If you are that educated and have the skills for that sport, why are you not coaching?

All that yelling takes away the ability of anyone around them to enjoy the game. I am a parent and I have had my kid play soccer and I cannot see myself doing that. My husband is not like that either. I cannot see us yelling at our kid during their game, not only taking the authority away from the coach, but also making my kid feel bad while they’re supposed to be enjoying the game.

I can only come to the conclusion that parents like this are:

1. Living their dreams through their kids
2. The lack of successful things going on in their lives frustrate them and this seems like a good outlet
3. They love the attention
Or
4. They get a kick out of degrading their kids in public

Either way, this is highly aggravating. Unless you are their, shut your trap.

Rant has ended.

Mere Christianity Excerpt -C.S. Lewis

“A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat ‘Do as you would be done by’ till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward—driven on from social matters to religious matters. For the longest way round is the shortest way home.”

Mere Christianity Excerpt -C.S. Lewis

A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble — because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out.

Mere Christianity Excerpt – C.S. Lewis

The point is not that God will refuse you admission to his external world if you have not got certain qualities of character: the point is that if people have not got at lease the beginnings of those qualities inside them, then no possible external conditions could make a ‘Heaven’ for them — that is, could make them happy with the deep, strong, unshakable kind of happiness God intends for us.

C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity

Fever Bugz

What is one of the worst thing a parent dreads? Their child being sick.

Over the weekend, our 2-year-old was sick. He had no appetite and a fever of 103. As parents, we know our kids. My son is usually the ants-in-his-pants type of personality. His life revolves around playing. So to see him just want to lay down and not do anything physical was breaking my heart. 

When our son is sick, he is more Mr. Cranky Pants than usual. When I have to take his temperature, it’s like awakening the beast. He’s too young to take his temperature orally. Plus, he hates trying to do it that way. Trying to get it under his arm is a hassle. He won’t stay still and he cries as though I am trying to inject him with it. Not a fun task. I purchased the forehead thermometer which I usually use. But when my son has a fever, I want it to be accurate. I am not confident that the thermometer used on the forehead is accurate. Maybe I’m wrong, but for my peace of mind, I like to make sure it’s accurate. This is why I purchased an ear thermometer. 

The ear thermometer it quick, easy, and painless. By the time my son realizes what I’m doing, it’s too late to get annoyed because it reads the temperature fast. Regardless of how quick or easy this is. There are certain times that I do not want to “awaken the beast” to take his temperature. If he has had a horrible day being sick and is taking a nap, the last thing I want to do is wake him up by taking his temperature. Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way. 

While on a Walgreens run, I stumbled upon these Fever Bugz. Every pack contains 8 stick-on fever indicators. They are stickers shaped and drawn like bugs that you can stick on your child’s forehead, chest, or armpit and it will read their temperature. Each one has 5 different temperatures (N=normal, 99, 101, 103, 105). They last up to 48 hours and are hypoallergenic. 

While my son is sleeping or in a grumpy mood, I just look at this to check his temperature. If I see that it is rising, I use the ear thermometer just to make sure. These things are a lifesaver and make it so easy when dealing with a sick child. Because I know that my son will not leave it alone, I place his on his chest. He doesn’t notice it with his shirt on. These things make an already difficult experience much easier. Must buy!IMG_0863 Unknown

Dear Dog Owners

sanoco9510:

Truth

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

Dear Dog Owners,

Sidewalks are made for humans. If I am walking down the sidewalk with my daughters and your dog is larger than they are you need to make Fluffy walk in the grass. If Fluffy isn’t trained to do that then you should walk your ass in the grass as well. Sidewalks are made for tax paying humans, not for four legged animals that couldn’t care less what they are walking on.

If your dog is larger than my 5 year old daughter don’t allow IT to approach my kids without asking. If my kids approach your dog then that is a totally different story, but there are leash laws for a reason. If you aren’t strong enough to keep your dog in check give your “pet” away or have it put to sleep. If another dog aggressively comes near my daughters that the owner “claims wouldn’t hurt…

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global wildlife center folsom, la

New Orleans is not a very small city but it’s hard to find activities for your kids that you haven’t done before or continuously. Folsom, LA is a very small little town about an hour from our house. Let me tell you, that drive was worth it. Located in Folsom, LA is the Global Wildlife Center. Threatened and endangered wildlife from around the world live here and get to roam around freely.  

To maintain the center, they sell tours. We are a family of four. In total, we spent $84.00 which included the tickets and a family bucket full of feed so we could feed the animals. This money is used to maintain the center and it is also tax-deductible. All in all, it was a great day. We learned so much about the animals from our tour guide. My kids were soaking in all the information and had a blast feeding the animals. 

We also learned something new from other families that were there. In case of a zombie apocalypse, this is the perfect place to go. So, mental note, drive to Folsom once the zombie invasion begins. 

I’m not sure if every state has a wildlife center like this. The tour guide informed us that this center started off as request of the owner’s daughter wanting exotic animals as birthday presents. Over the years, it became more and more a refuge to endangered animals. This is a great cause and very enjoyable. If you live in Louisiana or don’t mind taking the drive, it’s definitely worth it. There is no age range as you are on what seems like a bus. The group we were with ranged from 6 month old babies to senior citizens. My kids are six and two years old. They enjoyed it so much; I can’t wait to take them again. 

Their gift shop is full of cute toys and souvenirs for the kids. I definitely recommend this place. It’s very beautiful to see how all these creatures live together peacefully. We saw giraffes, deer, kangaroos, zebras, donkeys, llamas, and many more animals I am forgetting at the moment. 

If you are interested in visiting or just curious, I have added the link. They also accept donations online so they can continue this amazing center. 

http://www.globalwildlife.com

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