- Learn more about the game of soccer much earlier in his playing days
- Put much more thought into the proper playing environment for him
- Not stress over him getting to the “next level” rather than helping him be the best he could be at the level he was currently playing at
- Played more 1v1 soccer with him in the back yard
- Less analyzing the game play by play afterward and more telling him the absolute joy it gives me to simply watch him play the beautiful game
As I am deep into the back nine of my son’s playing days, I don’t have many regrets. I don’t really regret the things I’d do differently, because developing as a parent is just as important as your kid developing as a player. It’s all a part of living the soccer parent lifestyle.