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I don’t know if you are like me and not really into “doing phys ed”, so while I understand the importance of getting busy physically it’s not high on my list of priorities. How is it for you?
I admittedly bought into the hype that children HAVE to take part in team sports because it’s good for them. Don’t get me wrong.. team sports are good for most kids, they really are! I felt like I was doing poorly by my lad if I didn’t get him into a team sport.
Therefore I put some effort into getting my lad interested in doing some type of team sport.
We tried homeschool soccer. And admittedly there were points of success, but also had points of extreme dismay in my lad.
We stuck it out for a couple of years and the final year for soccer had my lad more interested in the toads and frogs in the local pond more than the soccer… so we called it quits. 🙂
Swimming worked a touch bit better, but not a whole lot. Having ear troubles didn’t help the matter at all. The end result was that my lad does know how to keep himself afloat in the water and that’s a good thing. Perhaps with time he’ll become a more proficient swimmer… but first to fix his ears!
Then we discovered that we had a local karate club so I sweet talked my cautious lad into doing a couple of trial classes…. and HE WAS HOOKED! He likes karate so much that he’s now has his orange belt and is looking forward to testing for his advanced orange belt.
Another love the lad has is archery! He and his dad go out whenever they can. A local fellow has a club with erratic lessons…but a willingness to let the boys go out and shoot arrows.
I have learned something important through all of this… my lad has a distinct fondness for individual based sports. Where he can think his way through it, learning the steps in karate, perfecting his form in archery. These things appeal to him. Will he sometime down the road like team sports? I don’t know, I’ll leave the door open for it though….but right now… I have a boy having fun doing sports that he likes, and I call that…Phys Ed. 🙂
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