Here is what she had to say at MSNBC:
"... Debbie recalls Bowman coming to speak with her and Michael’s father about their son’s swimming future. Bowman laid out a plan for Michael’s swimming career all the way up to 2012, and Debbie started to laugh...
Bowman asked what was the matter and Debbie was blunt. “I told him, ‘If [Michael] doesn’t enjoy it, this isn’t going to happen!...”
Yes, I am impressed with their parenting skills and it is a very endearing article. She is a "pro-parent" and deserves supreme acknowledgement ... HOWEVER...
Kids who have or who are prone to borderline or extreme low self esteem, narcissism, laziness, lust, gluttony, shyness, criminality or psychopathic tendencies, should be FORCED into a sport or discipline. If sports are not an option then dance, music. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts nust be an option so as to develop a sense of discipline and the ability to see the cause and effect of their hard work. Man is a social animal and accomplishment breeds self esteem.
In fact, there goes one now flying past the SCAQ Blog masthead above and it's not me.
In a society filled with video games, Facebook, iPods, iPads, iPhones, Warcraft, Mine Craft, Cartoon Network, YouTube, Vimeo, Live Leak, and darker places on ad ad infinitum... Well... I think I made my point.