She Shoots, She Scores, Shhhh!
So my 8-year-old daughter made her soccer league’s all-star team. Normally, I wouldn’t bother sharing this kind of personal news, gentle readers. But here’s the thing: We’re supposed to keep her achievement a secret, apparently to preserve the delicate self-esteem of her teammates. We’ll respect the wishes of the coach because we respect him, but this policy is a bit of egalitarian, ego-stroking madness. There was a time when we praised kids in public for their accomplishments; we now live in an age that sometimes seems to care more about protecting them from hurt feelings.