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Stop shopping your kids

Adults rule the world, as they should. That, of course, means they have to act like adults, which means taking control and sometimes seeing a view of life and the world beyond the here-and-now. So when there’s a coaching change at a school, or your kid isn’t getting enough playing time, or friends from club and other places all open enrolled at the same school so they could play sports together, take the alternate route for a change. If your son/daughter is fortunate and works hard enough to have the chance at playing collegiately, open enrolling and transferring to the powerhouse program is easy and may be successful, but the neighborhood school has its own merits as well, some of which are lessons your child might need or learn to appreciate in 10 or 20 years. High school is about friendships, camaraderie, socialization skills and rapid change. It’s OK to push kids and say “no” sometimes. Not everyone wins all the time no matter how good you are. It’s OK to meet new people. College recruiters will find you whether it’s Skyline, Hamilton, Westwood, Tempe Prep, San Tan Foothills, Perry or Desert Vista. Moving around in pursuit of scholarships is sillier than ever these days. Don’t let wins, stats and buddies shield chances for real growth. We all learn the ropes one way or another, one time or another, and usually the hard way.

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