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No guts, no glory?


All parents think that their children are special and have unprecedented talent and skills. It’s all apart of being a parent, but when is it right to push kids toward their “talent.”

For some parents, they will stop at nothing to make sure their children become famous, whether it be for their acting skills, musical genius or uncanny ability to play basketball just like Michael Jordan himself.

The question becomes, when is it okay to “push” a child and when should a parent back off. TV reality glorifies pushy and sometimes overzealous parents on shows such as “Dance Moms” and “Toddlers in Tiaras.” It makes for good TV, but is it too much? Should kids have the chance to be kids or is it OK for a parent to take the “no guts, no glory” method and make their child pursue a talent?

Weigh in. What do you think?

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  1. Some kids are forced into these things in the beginning, but end up loving it later and wanting to continue.

    I see nothing wrong with putting your child in dance, figure skating, soccer or basketball it’ an extra curricular activity, which can be fun for them and you, to watch that is. When parents notice or a coach notices your child’s “gift”, ’cause not all children will excel in the activity you put them in, parents seem to lose it and run their child’s mind and future plans. Activities should ALWAYS be fun for the child first…if IT isn’t then the child should be removed and something else should be tried. Some kids just like a good book and that’s ok, too. We can’t live through out kids and we can’t expect them to be Will Smith, Sidney Crosby, Ashley Cole, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Dakota Fanning ect.

    I have personally chosen activities for my daughter to see which one she’ll enjoy. At five she said: “I don’t like gymnastics” “i LOVE to swim ’cause it’s fun” “I’m very excited to begin Soccer, Mama” Skating is too hard, but I want to do it, so I can play Hockey” and ” I love, love, love dancing…I love the costumes, Mommy!”

  2. LOL!!

    I find this article funny after the Taylor Dior article. I see what you did there BCK :-)

    My belief is that you should never push your child in front of anyone’s spotlight. Seriously, if your child is meant to become a star, he/she will become one.

    I think many of these parents will give birth to a “cute” child and run with it. Yes, your child is beautiful, but so are millions of others. In other words, it takes more than being pretty to be a star. These parents are forcing their kids into the camera before their umbilical cord stump falls off. When questioned, they will claim their child absolutely love it. They don’t realize that it’s just habit for the kid – since that’s all the know.

    I side-eye kids in the spotlight from birth because you never know if it is truly what they want. Parents, give your kids a chance to grow and make that decision on their own.

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