I’m back and the stakes are now higher than when I last posted. My younger son broke his arm playing football last weekend. Because he’s relatively small for his age (we’re late growers in my family), I have always feared/assumed he’d get hurt. On some level, a broken bone is a lot less scary than a concussion, but this injury proves how vulnerable he is – next time it could be worse.
I’d like to forbid him from playing football ever again. But it’s hard to take something away that my son really enjoys and that (I’m told) he’s pretty good at. The discipline of practice and the social aspects of being on the team are really positive. And, the tough schedule makes him more focused on getting homework and chores done quickly. I’ve tried suggesting other sports that at least seem to be more safe, but he’s not interested. Do I force him to give up football for safety’s sake, or do I hold my breath and hope for the best?