For questioning why it’s okay to smoke at Little League games. Other fields we’ve been at do not allow smoking. There are tons of kids around, both playing and watching. It’d been so long since I was at any kids’ sporting event that allowed smoking that I was shocked into asking why it was okay. Yet, they’re grown adults, it’s outside and they can smoke if they want to, so side eye for me. Throwing the side eye right back at the pregnant mom who was smoking.
For saying I’m okay with my child defending himself. He asked the other child to stop, he moved away, he told an adult. It didn’t stop. So yeah, I was okay with him defending himself. You could have heard a pin drop when I said this.
For cheering on the other team. Look, at the ages my kids are, sports are not life and death, we’re not playing in some high stakes games, the kids are just learning. So when a child on the other team makes a fantastic play, I do call out “Great catch, that was awesome! Way to go!” Because dang, that was impressive for a seven year old. Side eye throwers, I know that means one of the kids on our team is out, but did you see the other team’s coach go high five our third baseman when he made a fantastic play? That’s what it should be about.
For saying I don’t care about grades right now. Y’all, one of my boys had had quite the difficult year with teachers who are still learning to teach. And at this point in the school year, I’m just over it. O-V-E-R. Bring on the next year.
For letting my kids play outside without constant adult supervision. I can see them from the windows, they stay in sight of the house, have to tell me if they are going in someone else’s yard, and I do go out and check every few minutes. They aren’t out there terrorizing the neighborhood, they’re just playing. Though this side eye doesn’t even compare to when I admitted that I let one of my kids stay home alone… when I was less than 10 minutes away, he has a phone, he knows which neighbors to go to, and according to the state standards, I could have been leaving him home alone for 2.5 years now.
I’m just doing the best I can. My kids are happy, safe, and healthy. So, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, side eye or not.