I Let My Daughter Drop Out Of Track Team To Learn About Teamwork
When I saw the schedule for the track and field track practices, I almost cried. Twice a week at 7:15 a.m.
â€œDude, what were you THINKING joining this?â€ I asked my daughter. â€œYou hate getting up early!â€
But she thought it would be fun and didnâ€™t know the practices were so early. Because I support my daughter, I was willing to get her to the practices — even though I too hate waking up early.
She made the first practice and liked it. She made the second practice and I could tell she wanted to tell me that she didnâ€™t want to go anymore. By the third 7:15 a.m. practice morning, I tried to wake her up and she begged me to let her sleep.
â€œListen,â€ I said, pulling the covers off of her, moodily. â€œYou wanted to join and now itâ€™s not about you. Itâ€™s about the TEAM.â€ I continued to rant. â€œYou are letting the TEAM down if you donâ€™t show up. Do you think I like to get up this early to take you? No! But I do it because you joined.â€
My daughter jumped out of bed. She was miserable, but I hope she understood that she couldnâ€™t be selfish when you are a part of a team.
A couple of weeks ago, I was furious with my fiancÃ© when he allowed his daughter to miss a playÂ rehearsalÂ (his two girls and my daughter are in an after school play together) to hang out with her friends. I was on a high horse.
â€œWhen it comes to a play, you are only as good as your worst actor!â€ I tried to tell him. â€œShe wanted to join the play and itâ€™s not a dinky play. These children are serious about it. How can the other children know how to follow their lines if your daughter isnâ€™t there to do hers?â€
He didnâ€™t seem to grasp the concept that, when it comes to teams or everyone working on the same project, you really are only as good as the worst one in the group. His daughter ended up hanging out with her friends.