I’ve been taking my 5-year-old to swim lessons for the past couple of weeks. At the end of each lesson, the teenage instructor plays a few rounds of Sharks and Minnnows with the class. The kids love it and splash around, frantically trying to escape the “shark.”
Here’s my problem–the instructor picks from the same three kids to be the shark EVERY day. All the other kids raise their hands, wanting a chance, but the three boys who are the loudest and most visible, are the ones who keep getting selected. I know my little guy wants a chance at being the hunter rather than the hunted, but he goes with the flow, but this Papa bear isn’t so agreeable. I want to go to the instructor and tell him to give some of the other kids a chance, but I don’t want to be “that parent.” So, I sit there in my sunglasses, seething on the inside as, once again, the same boys get chosen to to be the shark.
It’s never easy seeing your child ignored or overlooked, and I really am trying not to make it into a big deal, but as the days go by, it gets more and more difficult. Have you ever been in a similar situation with your kids? how did you respond?