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How to tell dad I'm not having fun in football (american)

My first year playing football was horrible, I hated it. I decided to keep playing for my dad to make him proud of me I guess, this was my 5th grade year and now I'm a sophomore, I didn't play any this season due to an injury. I have since had surgery and pretty much recovered but now that I've had my surgery I want to quit because I'm not having fun anymore. but this makes me feel like the surgery would have been a waste. So back to being a sophomore, the coaches have known me for a while and think highly of me. I'm wondering how i could tell my dad that I don't enjoy it anymore. My father thinks very highly of me and brags about me, I just don't know what to do or how to tell him.

Re: How to tell dad I'm not having fun in football (american)

Hey @alex-m I'm sorry about this crossroad it sounds super challenging, and like you're feeling a fair bit of pressure. I am assuming you're in the USA? We are an Australian site so won't be able to give you super tailored support (i.e. link you to local services) however hopefully we can provide you some peer support around this issue.


For me I guess the big question to ask yourself is - how long can you keep this up? If you're not feeling it now, how are you going to feel in 2 to 3 years? At some point you're going to want to put your own needs and desires first. Is your Dad approachable? Could you let him in on how you're feeling a little - or not so easy? Here to listen Smiley Happy