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DNA tests for kids - which sport will they excel in?

Re: DNA tests for kids - which sport will they excel in?

  • no need to test my children. they definitely won't be inheriting any athletic ability from me. also, wth to parents who are so obsessive about sports.
  • um - you can't tell whether your own 2.5 year old kid is athletically inclined or not? really? I swear my little brother was lobbing balls across the room at 6 months.
  • Eww, this is gross.  What is the point of this?  Who cares if your kids are athletic?  Why the need to know so early?
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  • imagejessawakawaii:
    no need to test my children. they definitely won't be inheriting any athletic ability from me. also, wth to parents who are so obsessive about sports.

    eh - it's all because they "never made it" and now they have to live it through their children IMO. 

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  • I saw the article earlier and it is jaw droppingly stupid.  The 2003 study isn't exen conclusive.  I liked the doctor who said if you want to see if your kid will be fast line him up with the other kids in his class for a race and see if he wins.

    I prefer the old fashioned method; my Dad and his brothers all played football (either O-line or D-line).  My Mom was a sprinter; guess what, I played football and threw on the track team.

  • imagesugrfrejaz:
    um - you can't tell whether your own 2.5 year old kid is athletically inclined or not? really? I swear my little brother was lobbing balls across the room at 6 months.

    Ditto this, my brother and I first showed athletic abilities around the 2-3 range.  We play other sports before finding our callings in football.  For me, 8 years of soccer and 6 years of basketball.  For him it was soccer and roller hockey.

  • If they're my kids, I know they won't be atheltic. ?If they are athletic, that will prove to H that their his. ?Do I really need to know anymore? ?Won't they show those abilities when they actually start playing sports? ?I knew by the time my little sister was beating me in footraces. ?I was 5, she was 3, half my size, and I still lost.
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  • imageBig T (aka Mr.P):

    I liked the doctor who said if you want to see if your kid will be fast line him up with the other kids in his class for a race and see if he wins.

     

    seriously. Or maybe stare at your kid for you know, more than 30 seconds and see if he's a kicker or a runner or a thrower or whatever. 

     

  • It is all about bragging rights and scholarships.
  • I think this pretty much sums up the real reason behind this:

    ?Parents will start to say, ?I know one mom who?s doing the test on her son, so maybe we should do the test too,? ? she said.

    ?Peer pressure and curiosity would send people over the edge. What if my son could be a pro football player and I don?t know it??

     

    I also liked this part:

    Mr. Reilly insisted that the test is one tool of many that can help children realize their athletic potential. It may even keep an overzealous father from pushing his son to be a quarterback if his genes indicate otherwise, Mr. Reilly said.

     

    Uh yeah, so he can push his son to be something else instead. That's great

     

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  • And what if your child is good at football but hates it?  This is absolutely ludicrous.  It sounds like a way for parents to have justification in being obsessive loser sideline parents.
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  • imagetalltalltrees:

    What if my son could be a pro football player and I don?t know it??

     

    bwahahahahahahah! why would you want that?!?!?1

  • I could write a book on why I loathe hyper-competitive, helicopter parenting.  I do a lot of reading up on it because I'm fascinated by the stupidity of it.

    However, I will confess this: now that I have two children, I get the competitive fear that drives some parents.  I think many of them need a serious reality check, but I experienced this first-hand when deciding whether to put my 2-year-old in "school" (it's really a glorified, structured play group).  I gave it no thought until I noticed that the other moms in my freebie play group were signing their kids up.  Suddenly I started losing sleep at night over whether I needed to get my child into one of these things.  Then I realized what was happening and stepped back from the ledge.

    I plan to do my best to maintain my sanity when it comes to future issues of this ilk, but the episode gave me some insight as to how easy it is to freak out when you convince yourself that somehow you are short-changing your child's future by not doing XYZ.

    Parenting basically consists of one episode of guilt after another, so it's easy to talk yourself into believing that some crazy sh*t is what's best for your child.

  • I think it's pretty easy to tell whether kids have natural athletic ability. I don't need a genetic test to tell me that I'm not an athlete!

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  • These are the parents that make my work life a living hell. I can't wait for one of them to start citing genetic testing as to why we should write about their little all-star.

    barf.

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