Tuesday, February 13, 2007

En Garde!

In elementary school, one of my sons joined the sports teams that are so common with kids—baseball, soccer, football, etc. None of them, however, really seemed to be the “right” sport for him. He played until he lost interest or the game got too competitive and then dropped out. I was disappointed that he had lost his enthusiasm, but I didn’t give up on finding a sport that was tailor-made for him.

One day, we were going through a book distributed by our city government that lists the offerings of sports programs offered at various community centers around town, and we came across a fencing class. Although we knew nothing about the sport, it had some appealing qualities: It was more of an individual sport, which my son prefers, and what could be cooler to a kid than handling a sword! We decided to give it a try. I made a deal with my son to try it for at least a month before he even considered quitting. Fortunately, he made up his mind long before then . . . he loved it!

He’s been playing for six months now, and is more convinced than ever that this is “his” sport. He even competed in his first tournament recently and did very well. The point of my story is not to give up in finding something that your child is passionate about. Look at nontraditional sports. Or even explore other avenues, such as art classes or even cooking! Encourage your kids to find something to do that they love!


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