was put the entire orange slices in their mouths and smile. The red shirt boy ran to his mom and then smiled big in her face to show her. She smiled and then asked him if he thanked his coach. He turned around and ran back over to the coach and thanked her. I got a sense that this boy experienced an authoritative parenting style because of the mother’s response to his orange peel smile and her asking him about thanking his coach, rather than demanding it like some parents do. The boy is also clearly being encouraged to exhibit prosocial behaviors. 1230pm-1245pm Most of the kids left after the clinic was over at 1230 but the pair of boys stayed to play on the playground. The friendships between most of the children seemed to be homophily, motivated by their interest in the clinic. The two boys who stayed to play, however, had a stronger friendship. The mothers chatted as well and I got the feeling the boys knew each other before the clinic. Still holding their bags of orange slices they ran around the area. I’m not sure the game they were playing but they recruited another boy and a girl roughly their age to play the made up game with them. They stood in a group slightly off the play area discussing the rules of the game. It seemed complex and thought through. The red shirt boy explained the rules for about 5 minutes and then they shouted go and everyone went separate ways. A few moments later the three boys regrouped. The redshirt boy whispered something to the other boy from the soccer clinic and then they broke off again. 1245pm-1pm The girl was now playing on the playground set by herself, seemingly haven forgotten about the game. After running around and playing the unknown game for about 10 minutes, the red shirt boy plopped down on the bench next to his mom. She asked him if he was ready to go home and he shook his head. He took a drink of water and jumped up before his mom could say anything else, possibly so she couldn't insist they leave. The boys were now crowded around a little ways from the play ground. I believe they were watching a lizard and then one of the boys caught it and started to carry it over to the mothers. One of the moms saw him and asked him what he had and without waiting for a response, told him to put it down. The boy stopped and stared at her, clearly not wanting to put it down. Apparently the mothers saw this as a good ending point and told the boys to put the lizard back because it was time to leave. As the moms walked to the cars, the boys ran ahead still laughing and playing when they left my view.
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