It’s fall in many ways, even if not weather-wise, and one way it is for us is that it’s now soccer season! T hasn’t participated in soccer for more than a year now, but he’s quite happy to be back on the field running and kicking it around. It’s as though he never left really!
Headed up by the organization Kids Love Soccer, T took one of their classes twice before when he was three-years-old, and he loved both sessions. He’d have continued with a third consecutive session, but once he learned that Coach Cody was leaving the program (for college, by the way, go Coach Cody!), T wanted to step away from soccer for a short time. That was completely OK with us; that time away from the field allowed T to try out other activities, such as yoga, T-Ball, and Tennis. Our parks and rec department is cool like that, offering a wide variety of options no matter what it is that kids want to do or try next.
As I’ve mentioned before, I just don’t feel that four-years-old (OK almost five in T’s case, but still) is the proper age for competitive team sports. Both C and I feel strongly that this is the time in T’s life to expose him to many, many different skill-based activities to see where his interests naturally gravitate; we want T to foster an honest passion or maybe just a heavy liking of a few different things. Just like T’s excitement about school, I’d rather him be excited about participating with his peers in a new activity than concentrating on kicking ass at it. Life’s a long road, and there’s plenty of time for ass-kicking as he matures and decides what sports and activities he wishes to be kick-ass at.
That and let me be honest, this no teams right now attitude of ours also has a lot to do with the fact that neither C nor I are ready for that crappy-yet-unavoidable-once-we-enter-it competitive extracurricular environment, and I don’t mean the kids! But you already knew that, right RMT’ers? Score.
So with that, Happy Weekend to all, and to all a lovely fall, however you and your kids are spending your extracurricular time together (or apart)!