So this past summer I thought it would be a good idea to enroll my son in soccer. He loved playing in the yard and was really quite good at it so I thought it would boost his self esteem. I knew by this time that he had some anxiety, but thought since he loved playing soccer that it might be okay. Alright, so I know what you are all thinking…why would this be any different from swimming? Well, I guess I thought if we removed the whole water aspect it would be okay. It wasn’t. And now I had a whole slew of soccer moms to compete with.We arrive for the first game of the season. My son starts to have a meltdown. I encourage and motivate him in every way that I know how. I’m prepared this time…I know now that this is not a behaviour issue and that patience is essential. I stay with him during the practice portion and feel the eyes of other moms piercing through my back as I stand in front of the whole line up of proud parents.

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