Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mixed Emotions: We Quit T-Ball

Overall t-ball has been an awful experience. I signed Jack up because I wanted to be the typical boy mom. I thought it would be something fun for us to do together and I really thought he would like it.

Practice was better than the games because there wasn't all that dirt for him to play with. The amount of work I'm putting in doesn't even come close to adding up to the fun he was having. He wouldn't want to play. I wouldn't mind putting in all the work if it meant that he would at least play some. The more games we play the less he wanted to play.

The breaking point was today when he refused to even go up to bat. Like he threw himself on the ground and pitched a fit. I finally realized that me wrestling him to not run off, or stop throwing dirt, or jumping in the mud puddles, or getting in the way when the kids were trying to do right was more work on me and he wasn't even having fun.

I truly believe that one day he will enjoy playing ball but right now isn't the best time. I really hate to quit but I'm stressing myself out for no reason. He won't even get that we quit. As soon as it was time for him to bat he would scream to go home, or like today, to go to school. He just wants to be wild and free and just play. His favorite part is running around with his teammates before the games.

I've learned some lessons about parenting my child and about the parent I want to be. I felt true mom guilt for the first time and I learned to get over (most) of the guilt too. I have to do what is best for us even if most people think I need to stick it out.

This is Jack covered in dirt. It looks like he has been playing baseball but he had been playing in all the dirt and mud he could find while his teammates were actually playing baseball. Sometimes a mama has to throw her hands up and admit defeat. 


  1. Oh sweet friend! I totally understand 100%. It's definitely not worth it if all it does is cause you stress. Maybe try again when he's older and understands better.

  2. I'm proud of you! You gave it a try and then you made a change when things weren't working. I bet you'll both be happier not having baseball on your calendar for now. Maybe he'll want to try it again in a few years. Great job for introducing it to him and providing him with the opportunity. You're a great mom.

  3. Sounds about like our experience with C last year. Her brother lives it but she would just rather play in the dirt. It happens. We didn't bother to sign her up this year.


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