I am one of the coaches for my 5 year old son's soccer team. There are 10 children on the team, ages 4-5. There is a child on the team, "Andy," who is very sensitive, cries a lot, and wanders off the field to his parents during the middle of drills and games. I have made a lot of effort to engage this child and encourage him, and feel he is coming around and seems to having a good time. The issue, however, is his father. He has taken to making rude comments directed towards my son. My son is the only kid who will play with his child (we are both there early before practices and games). He gets bent out of shape when my son says or does anything and makes some type of smart remark. I have had some challenges in getting my kid to listen and do what I say during practices (someone on here posted about kids not being able to tell the difference between parent and coach - so true!)
But this guy gets offended when my kid kicks his kid's soccer ball! (That is one of the drills we do. This kid also cries when his own mom kicks his ball.) I'm not sure if he sees my child as "picking on" his kid, but I would definitely be correcting him if that were the case. He even makes remarks when my kid is talking just to ME, when no one is even talking to him. I am going to try and keep my child away from him and his child and avoid any confrontation, but I don't see it letting up (it actually seems to be getting worse). At this point, I feel like I am going to have to say something to this guy (privately). I feel this dad is overcompensating for the fact that his kid is the smallest and youngest on the team and probably isn't ready to be out there yet (there is a reason I waited til my son was five.) I'm sure some will read this and think yeah, the coach's kid is probably a brat. He is no angel, but he isn't doing anything beyond what the other 5 year old kids do (chasing around, etc. - nothing inappropriate). He just happens to be outgoing and confident, where this little guy would sit in mama's lap the whole time (not that there's anything wrong with that!) This guy clearly dislikes my child, or he maybe he just dislikes me and is taking it out on me through my kid. What am I going to do? Help!!
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