In “What Did You Do In the Mommy Wars, Daddy?,” Cathy Seipp takes on on child-status-obsessed parents, closing with this revelation about her daughter:
But I’m afraid that Cal and his ilk will be even more miffed to learn that Maia’s high-school resume included not one team sport. You don’t know how grateful I am that her lack of interest there saved me untold hours of boring chauffering and pretend cheering. Oh, I know, I know – girls should be encouraged to play sports so they won’t be anorexic or obsess that boys don’t find them attractive. But I say it’s P.E., and I say the hell with it.
I thought I’d raised the only girl in California never to have played soccer or any other team sport.
Update: Laura at 11D is preparing to teach as an adjunct professor in the fall, which means hiring a babysitter for her son, who can’t handle group care situations. She asks for help in setting the ground rules.