Reality bites: Why you need to get your kids on the golf course
If you’re a golfing parent, do this right now: Unplug your kids’ computer and get them on the golf course. Because your kids are getting out of hand.
Ok, please note I’m talking the collective “your kids” here. I’m sure Your kids are just wonderful, intellectual dreams who could easily find, say, Australia, on a map. If not, here’s a hint: It’s not in Europe.
And sure, I understand that a guy writing on the Internet that kids are on the Internet too much comes off as, well, Chris Baldwin. Hey, I’ll take the hypocrisy up a notch – I don’t even have any kids.
Here’s the point, however. Recently, I had the good fortune to visit and do some work at a plush seaside resort in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, called Catussaba Resort Hotel. There was the beach to frolic at, there were four interconnected pools, there were ridiculously attractive staff members creating activities for kids of all ages, all day long. It is a place that should be a kid’s wildest dream.
Instead, most the kids aged 12-16 spent the vacation hanging around the computer area, instant messaging their friends. These are young teens, easily the most boring creatures on this planet. What could they possibly have to chat about, while on vacation at an amazing resort that caters to them?
It is an interesting dilemma, I admit. Today’s young parents are the first generation to have the Internet as an issue. I imagine writers of yesteryear etched columns into stone about how the radio was the devil.
I don’t think the Internet’s a terrible evil, however. I think it’s a fantastic tool that can help broaden kids’ perspectives and give them access to unlimited knowledge. But to use it – for hours – as a telephone surrogate while physically in paradise just seemed nuts to me.
Not that I have any fantastic solution, mind you, but it probably wouldn’t hurt parents at all to get their kids on a golf course with them. Or at least get them to do something, because reality, regardless of how fantastic it can be, just doesn’t seem to be cutting it for a lot of kids these days.
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I was all set for a free round on the Doral's Blue Monster. Upon my arrival at the first tee I learn I'm paired with a man and his 9 year old son.
By the third hole I decided to enjoy watching the kid make 12 and drink a couple beers.
So much for my round of golf.
He was a good kid, but at his level he should've been playing an executive course, certainly not the Blue Monster.
When I let a big hitter like you play through my line is "You won't have to worry about me hitting into you."
Pat-31 year Canadian golf professional
One of Jennifer Mario's comments was similar, when her kids compared her drive to her pro's 7-iron shot. Kids are great that way.
These girls' days are filled with dance, voice, soccer, hoops, X-C, and IM. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, but too little of certain things can breed resentment. Unless you're Amish, Mennonite or a direct descendant of Thoreau, don't deny your kids their time on line. DO figure out how to eavesdrop without being caught.
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