Parent chats and a boy on a mission

I am behind at keeping up with life on here, but then does it really matter.    Too many days pass where I want to blog about something or other but I don’t want to miss out on the life that is happening right then.  Somehow I will find a time when I can fit this in too, because I miss it.

Lately Andy and I have been having these talks about our kids, lots of different subjects come up.  They happen at night after they are in bed.  We want to make sure Hayden and Maddy are involved in things outside of school that interest them.  For Maddy ballet and tap are a huge interest.  For Hayden he is trying Chess for the first time tonight after school.  We think this will be  great for him, he loves strategy games.

I believe in guiding kids to what may interest them but not pushing it on them.   In my opinion pushing just leads to disaster.  Maddy at the start of fall didn’t want to do ballet again, so I let it go.  It wasn’t till November when she was twirling around our house that I asked her again and she jumped at the chance.  I think it had something to do with her hesitancy to make new friends, which is strange since Maddy has a very outgoing personality.  But it wasn’t worth pushing ballet on her, it’s supposed to be fun.  I am glad we waited.

Hayden is like that too, I think we recommended chess in the beginning of the year but he wasn’t interested.  It was Hayden who brought it up to me this time.  Sometimes it is better if it is their idea, or at least that is my experience.  With cub scouts Hayden wanted to join 3 years ago, he was excited to see what it was all about.  Each year they do a Raingutter regatta.  The boys need to design a wood sail boat and “race” it against other cub scouts in their pack.

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The way they race the boats is by blowing through a straw to make their boats go.  This year we did some research to see what makes these boats win.  Before Hayden left that night he wasn’t thinking he was going to win, because in years past he hasn’t had much luck.  But I reminded him the tricks we had learned for blowing and told him to try his hardest and just have fun.

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A couple hours later and this boy of ours returned victorious and very proud of himself.  He won, and he didn’t just win against his own den, he won against all the bigger cub scouts in his pack. Yes that made him one proud little boy and I loved seeing the smile on his face as he told me everything that went on.

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Winning is that much sweeter when you haven’t won in years past.  I love that in cub scouts there are winners, it is important for kids to learn that not every time you are going to win.  Some times you will try and not succeed.  But if you keep at it, and try your hardest you may just win.  And believe me, going into this night Hayden wasn’t believing he had a shot at winning.  But he went and tried his hardest.  That makes me proud of him, for not giving up, when I know he was worried about not doing great.

This is a moment that brought me joy, and that is what life is about, the little moments like this.  What moments have brought you joy lately?

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Parent chats and a boy on a mission

I am behind at keeping up with life on here, but then does it really matter.    Too many days pass where I want to blog about something or other but I don’t want to miss out on the life that is happening right then.  Somehow I will find a time when I can fit this in too, because I miss it.

Lately Andy and I have been having these talks about our kids, lots of different subjects come up.  They happen at night after they are in bed.  We want to make sure Hayden and Maddy are involved in things outside of school that interest them.  For Maddy ballet and tap are a huge interest.  For Hayden he is trying Chess for the first time tonight after school.  We think this will be  great for him, he loves strategy games.

I believe in guiding kids to what may interest them but not pushing it on them.   In my opinion pushing just leads to disaster.  Maddy at the start of fall didn’t want to do ballet again, so I let it go.  It wasn’t till November when she was twirling around our house that I asked her again and she jumped at the chance.  I think it had something to do with her hesitancy to make new friends, which is strange since Maddy has a very outgoing personality.  But it wasn’t worth pushing ballet on her, it’s supposed to be fun.  I am glad we waited.

Hayden is like that too, I think we recommended chess in the beginning of the year but he wasn’t interested.  It was Hayden who brought it up to me this time.  Sometimes it is better if it is their idea, or at least that is my experience.  With cub scouts Hayden wanted to join 3 years ago, he was excited to see what it was all about.  Each year they do a Raingutter regatta.  The boys need to design a wood sail boat and “race” it against other cub scouts in their pack.

Photobucket

The way they race the boats is by blowing through a straw to make their boats go.  This year we did some research to see what makes these boats win.  Before Hayden left that night he wasn’t thinking he was going to win, because in years past he hasn’t had much luck.  But I reminded him the tricks we had learned for blowing and told him to try his hardest and just have fun.

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A couple hours later and this boy of ours returned victorious and very proud of himself.  He won, and he didn’t just win against his own den, he won against all the bigger cub scouts in his pack. Yes that made him one proud little boy and I loved seeing the smile on his face as he told me everything that went on.

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Winning is that much sweeter when you haven’t won in years past.  I love that in cub scouts there are winners, it is important for kids to learn that not every time you are going to win.  Some times you will try and not succeed.  But if you keep at it, and try your hardest you may just win.  And believe me, going into this night Hayden wasn’t believing he had a shot at winning.  But he went and tried his hardest.  That makes me proud of him, for not giving up, when I know he was worried about not doing great.

This is a moment that brought me joy, and that is what life is about, the little moments like this.  What moments have brought you joy lately?

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