Posted by Kim K.
Up until yesterday I/we have been making all of the big choices
for our 7-year-old son.
In our community (and probably most communities) it seems like
sports are a really important factor. I had no idea HOW important.
Recently, I learned that we have house sports and we have "travel"
sports. Travel was a term that I thought only pertained to
vacations until I moved to Lincolnshire. So, what was the talk of
Star Wars among kindergarten boys has now become the discussion of
playing/watching sports -- soccer in the fall, basketball in the
winter, baseball in the spring and the summer and of course,
hockey. Travel has become a word used daily between the boys and
for some reason travel has become cool, the Guess jean of the '80s,
the end all be all of life. "Are you doing travel?" has become
almost a weekly question.
Three weeks ago, I was driving four boys home from house soccer
practice when the three on the travel soccer team started talking
about how hard travel soccer was and how my son -- the only one in
the group not on a travel team -- couldn't handle it. My heart
sank. But at 7, he has to learn to fight his own battles. So, he
did, but he put it on me. He said that I didn't let him try out and
that it was my fault. I kept my mouth shut -- until the boys
A few days later, the message arrived for baseball tryouts for the
travel team. My son decided he wanted to tryout. I told him it
means playing five days a week and reminded him that he also wanted
to hockey, baseball and yearbook. I don't say anything else.
I decided to let him make the big decision.
A few nights ago I sat down with him before he went to bed and
talked about his choices. He wanted to answer right away, but I
told him to think about it. What do YOU want to do? I asked
He made his decision yesterday. He wants to wait until third grade
to see if he's interested in travel baseball. He said he really
wants to do different things. And, while I am glad (and relieved)
that he chose this path for this year, I am more proud of him for
making a decision. A real one. Like an adult. Or, maybe just like a
kid. It was a big leap for him to take this ownership.
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