I’ve been a mom for 11 years now. In that 11 years I still haven’t come to a conclusion about my children and sports. Here are the things that I know:
- They like sports
- They have some natural ability (obviously from their father)
- Our weekends are filled with skateboard parks, soccer games and games of catch
- They get lazy sometimes
- I don’t know how to help them put all of their hockey gear on
- They’re on their own when it comes to selecting the right jock (eek!)
Here are some things I am unsure of:
- If, in the middle of winter at registration time, they say, “I don’t want to play baseball this year.” Is that reason to keep them out or do I push them to stay in knowing they’ll love it by mid-season.
- Do I let them try a new sport each time something strikes their fancy making them well-rounded individuals or do I guide them to stick with one thing and excel at it.
- How does one mother get 3 different children to sporting events all on the same night.
- Why a game that seemingly just requires a pair of cleats can cost so much
I’m fickle on all of the above. Sometimes I push for sticking with things and other seasons I encourage them to try something new. I sometimes think they should take a break while other times I lead them to keep going for it. I often wonder if I am messing them up completely with my indecisiveness on the topic of sport but I was never in anything like this. Wait. That’s not true. I did one round of skating lessons when I was 11. Everyone else in the class was 5. I never went back.
What does your family do in the realm of sport? I’d love to know…