By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
"Oh, did you forget your chair?" one woman asked sweetly as I handed my 4th-grader his water bottle and reminded him to tie his soccer shorts, as the child has no hips and when he runs, flashing is a distinct possibility.
"Um, no," I stammered. "We're not staying." And with that said, I gathered up my other kids and made the long walk past all the other parents camped out on the sidelines with chairs, coolers, books and gym bags. As I headed to the parking lot for an hour and a half of, well, not watching peewee soccer, I could feel their eyes boring into me.
Soccer moms. Hockey dads. Pageant parents. Adults involved in their children's athletic endeavors (okay, so considering pageants athletic endeavors might be a stretch) are such a force in our culture that they've become cliche. We've all heard of moms publicly yelling at their tiny gymnast daughters or dads haranguing the baseball coach from the bleachers. But what about theRead More »from The Great Mom Debate: Do You Have to Attend All Your Kid's Sporting Events?