Here is Day Two in my “30 Days of Thoughts” series! Woohoo! I can’t believe I made it this far! 😉
Here’s my topic for the day: kids and sports.
I know it’s a pretty polarizing topic. People either feel that kids should be involved, and learn to win AND lose, or that sports and childhood don’t mix. I’m somewhere in the middle.
Let me explain.
This is Scooter. He’s 9. He’s all boy. And he likes sports.
He loves all sorts of sports.
And it actually is helpful in school. He’s learning about teamwork, getting along with others, listening AND if he doesn’t get good grades, he doesn’t get to play. It’s a tool to get him to work hard, and it works well.
His older brother? Well, Big Bro doesn’t care much for sports, and he’s a little more limited in his choices. But he likes music. He plays piano and the trumpet. But that’s another thought for another day.
Here’s my point: I often hear people talk about today’s children being too busy. They are involved in this and that, and sometimes you just need to not be involved. I agree…and disagree.
I see it the opposite way. Today’s children aren’t involved enough. Nothing is expected of them. The world is their oyster and no one tells them that they have to work for it.
No, not every child is destined to be a football superstar, or play for the NBA, but every child should learn that you have to work for what you want. Including practice, listening to a coach and making sure that you’re pulling your weight with your grades. For Scooter, the key to motivation is sports, for his brother, its an instrument. In another year or two, I’m sure EJ and George will let me know what their interests are (I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m hoping for at least one more sports nut!).
It’s not what our children do that’s so important, it’s making them responsible for something.
Yes, we have a busy schedule, and yes, we do enjoy the down-time when it comes, but managing time and a calendar and keeping track of schedules is also an important lesson. In fact, I find my children teaching me more about scheduling every day!
Can there be too much of a good thing? Certainly. But if you’re in tune with your kids, and know where you’re at, then you’re one step ahead of the game.
And all I need to know is where the next step leads.