Kids, rules and follow-through |

Kids, rules and follow-through

The recent events surrounding the Bear River girls basketball team brings to mind a similar scenario that occurred after a Nevada Union Sectional Championship football victory 10 or 15 years ago.

Then, as now, the coaches and administrators stuck to their guns and several players suffered the consequences of making a bad choice. In the process they hopefully learned some valuable lessons and avoided making bigger mistakes later in life (I’d be interested to hear from some of those former players or their parents now with all the talk about letting the girls slide).

We don’t do our kids any favors by looking the other way when they need reigning in or to experience the consequences of their actions. As a former educator, I saw countless examples of mostly uninvolved, ineffective parents choosing times like this to be temporary heroes to their kids by challenging the enforcement of rules that administrators and educators had the good sense and strength to not only set but enforce.

Our kids need limits and consistency and to know we care enough to teach them life’s lessons when the time is right to do so. This just might be one of those times.

Steve Egge

Rough & Ready

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