I Worry She’s Neglecting Her Studies
QMy granddaughter has always been good at sports and now that she’s 13, she is playing ladies football at county and national level. Her parents are delighted and very proud, but I’m worried that they’re encouraging her to put all her eggs in one basket. I wish they’d do more to encourage her to stick in at her studies instead of running her to football practice all the time. Why are they being so short-sighted?
AIt must be such a mixed blessing to have such a gifted grandchild – pride at her sports success coupled with anxiety about her education.
It would be worth researching the sports organisation to reassure yourself that they do recognise this dilemma and ensure the sporting side is balanced with other areas of life. Have a chat to the organisers.
However, at the end of the day the direct responsibility is with her parents.
They can determine how much time is spent in each area. But why don’t you plan to meet up with her mother – just the two of you? Then bring up your pride in her success, but also your concerns.
You may find it has already been explored and plans made, or if they’ve decided to reduce the academic side they may still be willing to hear from you. It’s no secret that many teenagers at the Olympics are juggling sport excellence and studies.
You must start the discussion with pride and praise; that way they will be grateful for your support. It’s not straightforward and your help and advice may well be welcomed.
Families are important. Sometimes we just have to make the best of our children’s choices – as disappointing as they may appear at times.
You have to make the best of your children’s choices, even if you’re disappointed
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