Sometimes Being a Dad to a Teen-Ager is SO Hard..

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  1. IndependntLogic
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    So last year my daughter tried tennis and decided she liked it. Dad's an advanced player. I worked with her for a couple months and she loved it. Then she made the team at school as an alternate.
    She worked SO hard over the summer! She would practice every day after school (I volunteer as a coach) and then we would practice after practice and on week-ends. This year at age 14, she's a starter on a High School Tennis team that has made regionals or better every year. They worked hard, played hard and made Regionals again this year. And it rained. And Rained. (In Vegas!). So she had to play one match this morning and they won! But then an hour later, they had to play Sectionals (the next level up) with a team that finished their Regionals last week. 3 matches per girl. Our girls had to play 6 matches each, in one day.
    It was tied all the way to the end and the last match bieng played was my daughter against an 18 year old who's been playing over 10 years. She got the lead... and then lost.
    Geez I'm practically crying just typing this. Even though 7 other girls on her team lost their matches, the pressure was all on my daughter. EVERY girl and coach was watching when she lost.
    I told her how proud I was of her and all the usual dad love's you and is proud of you etc... but the poor thing was just inconsolable and finally cried herself to sleep.

    GEEZ IT'S TOUGH BEING A DAD SOMETIMES!

    Okay, enough venting. Time for a glass of 18 year old Single Malt...
     
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    Defeat serves your child's psychological development as well as victory.

    Its hard for a parent to witness it, though.
     
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    Yeah, it hurts when you can't do anything to console an offspring. Parenting...toughest job in the world.
     
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    You sound like a great father. Go out and have another practice session ASAP.....as there's a number of sunny days ahead!
     
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    Count your blessings. Mine died two weeks short of her 20th birthday.
     
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    Hold on to that Scotch, raising kids is very difficult.
     
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    Well, that puts things in a proper perspective.
    Let me be the first to say I'm so sorry.
    Alot of USMB members are crass unless they get to know ya'.
     
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    I'm so sorry.
     
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    I agree with all ^^^
    Sounds like she did a DAMN fine job, given she is fairly new to the sport!
    Keep her going!!
     
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    I am so sorry for your loss.
     

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