Last Friday, I signed up difficult child for football (parks and rec). He has been wanting to play since he was born. We said no for yrs because it's too rough. We finally decided he was old enough, shelled out big bucks (compared to LL baseball, there's no comparison). He was SO excited! He was trying on all of the clothing and equipment and calling his friends. We were so excited, too. This is it, I thought, the big football age. The time in his life when he's old enough to play any sport he wants. We'll fill every waking moment with sports and he'll thrive like never before. And after the first conditioning day, he came home and said it was too much work and he wanted to quit. Right. He went again yesterday and left 1/2 hr early. Granted, it was 97 degrees, but the other boys were still there. Today he pitched such a fit, he said he had a headache and refused to get out of the car. I offered him something for the headache and he refused. He was yelling and finally started to cry. He'd been playing some computer game at a friend's house and I thought it was just that he'd had too much computer time. (I suspect that was part of it, not to mention that couch potato computer nerds are woefully out of shape.) So I called husband at work and he talked to difficult child. Didn't work. In fact, he said something awful to husband and husband told him he was grounded. difficult child insisted he was going to be a baseball player, not a football player. Last month, it was just the opposite. Said he was bored with-baseball. So I told the coach that difficult child had a headache and wouldn't be coming to practice. He said okay. I wanted difficult child to see me talking to the coach so that there would be some accountability. When difficult child got home, I made him carry in the groceries and feed the animals. We grounded him off of all electronic equipment. He's got reading to do for school, anyway, so he did that and calmed down. I don't know what to do about tomorrow. I just hope the temp goes down. I want him to at least make it to one game. Of COURSE conditioning is painful and boring. But once you put it all together in a game, it makes it all worth it. He's never been able to see forward like that. It's always whatever is happening now. And right now he's in pain and fed up. I know I've read notes from some of you whose kids got into something and then all of a sudden wanted to drop out. What did you do? This was all HIS idea and we are royally ticked. Aarrrrggh!