My Little Warrior, Life Lessons in the Making

My son has started to play micro soccer this spring.  I love watching him play.  Much like his big sister, he has begun to experience the thrills, and learning experiences that playing organized sports provides.  It is fun watching him settle into this.  This experience builds on his first exposure to this sport this past fall.

His team is just one of 57 others in the YMCA organized league.  This is the jumping off point for many children as they are introduced to the concepts and learning experience the sports world can offer.  I was personally amazed to see so many children involved in this experience.  My wife told me that this was to be expected, and that as children get older the number of participants will decline as they grow interested in other things.  I have seen this first hand with my oldest daughter with participants thinning and teams struggle to find enough players interested.

On a personal level, it is very important to me that all of my children get the opportunity to have this experience.  In my world, this is an experience I never got the chance to do these things.  Part of it was money issues, we weren’t terribly well off.  Mostly, though it was a lack of parental guidance that kept me from these experiences.  My parents expected me to show interest in something before they would act on it.

As a parent myself now, I know that this is not a good way to approach new things with my children.  It is my responsibility to throw all kinds of new things at them and allow them to engage in those activities.  It is only then that they can decide if this sport, or activity is for them or not.


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

7 Responses to My Little Warrior, Life Lessons in the Making

  1. Patti says:

    So true! My parents never made me do anything, so I never did anything besides be a good kid and go to school. I know I missed out on lots of stuff and waited till I was in my 30s to be bold enough to go and try out for things and get involved. We’re not heavy handed with our kids’ activities, but we do insist that they do something and once they got started, they have always stayed active and involved and ready to try things.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      awesome Patti…glad to know I wasn’t the only one “deprived”…and glad to hear you are being bold…I still struggle with that myself…

  2. Patti says:

    What got me going was a notice for tryouts for a community Gilbert and Sullivan group’s production of HMS Pinafore. My son was 10 years old, and I really wanted to do it – and I realized it was up to me to be a good role model and not be too afraid to try it. I made it and had the time of my life!

  3. vakkermom says:

    I feel a happy medium is needed here…not so much pressure and bombardment that the child feels overwhelmed and forced into activities they don’t want to participate in, but not so much uninvolvement that the child feels no motivation to try new things or know what is out there available to him/her. Being a musician I’ve always intended for my child(ren) to take piano lessons, and then once they are in high school I’d like to see them continue with music, but they get to choose the instrument. I don’t know if I’ll stick to that as my children grow and develop, because I’d also like to allow them opportunity to try other things like sports and dance (if they want!), etc. I’m all about opportunity and trying things once. I’m starting to get to where I’m posting an entire blog of my own here, so I’ll end my lecture, but just know that I appreciate your stance on this topic. Thanks for sharing. And good luck to your son’s team!!!

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