I don't see why an 8yo can't go to little league without mom or dad there. Yes, it would be great if a parent came, as it would show support and interest in the child. But I would not consider it necessary.
However, parents repeatedly not returning in good time to pick up their child shows complete lack of respect for everyone else. Your brother is kindly coaching this team. He is not a baby sitting service; he has his own life and responsibilities after the game.
Originally Posted by MomOnDaEdge
Having had this problem in the past, the best I can offer is what worked for me.
Once late, understandable. Twice late, okay, could be extenuating circumstances. Third time, your using me as a free babysitter and that does not fly. Unless there are extended extenuating circumstances but that's not what's going on here.
I typed up a very nicely worded letter stating very clearly when practice was over, that I had other obligations after practice and all children must be picked up within 10 minutes of practice being let out. (Depending on where you live traffic can be an issue). If a parent or someone a parent had authorized has not picked up the child by then I had no choice but to contact the authorities as I would not leave a child alone after being in my care.
Caused a tiny bit of grumbling from a select few, but it worked. HTH's
Bravo! This would be a great plan.
Originally Posted by mattemma04
I think the parents will pull the kid from the team,or physically punish him if the parents actions result in police being called.
The parents are very unlikely to change.This kid sounds like he could use a break from his family.I would pick him up and drop him off myself.I could understand being mad if it was 5-10 kids,but it is just one boy needing a little extra from any adult who will give him some time.Consider helping him out.Season won't last long,but doing this will be something the boy remembers.
Also agreed. His parents are not likely to change. They may end up angry though, and that anger will be displaced to their son or your brother. It won't be anger or disappointment in themselves. This child may already have very narrow, limited options because of his parents.