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The Inertia

If there’s one thing that soccer and hockey dads have taught us, it’s that screaming at your child will make them a better athlete. Parents of aspiring professional surfers have finally caught on that, as The Raglan Surf Report’s Luke Cedarman says, “it’s not about having fun, it’s about living up to unrealistic expectations.”

Kids these days don’t need fun or recreation. They need to be berated into performing well. They need “fun” things to become work. They need “fun” things to become something they dread. After all, it’s the only way they’ll ever be successful. So next time you see a little kid crying in the lineup while their parent hollers advice while filming them, don’t feel outraged. It’s for the good of the kid.*

*Not really.

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