My kids are joyfully home from school due to a spring snow storm. I took my fourteen year old to the Y like I’ve done numerous times so he could shoot some hoops. He has a routine of warm-up drills and if I have the time to hang out, I feed him the ball. Today his shot was a little off so I kept pestering him about it. I wasn’t helping and we both learned a valuable lesson about letting go of the little things.
Sometimes as parents we don’t realize how our “coaching” sounds to our kids when they’re having an off day. Fortunately Matt was able to see the problem from both points of view. In the end he concluded that nothing is gained by letting little annoying things bother us. Today, I was the little, annoying thing bothering him.