Helping your child be the best is looked down on now?
Since when is it such a bad thing for a child to practice what he loves? What is wrong with a child reaching for perfection? What is wrong with giving your children the tools to succeed at something they love?
These are the questions I ask myself every time people question my sons drive.
He's 9 and loves baseball. It's what drives him. It's encompasses his whole life. It's what you would call a passion.
Now he's a normal kid he plays with his friends and does great at school, but when ever he has the chance he wants to work on his hitting and pitching. We go to batting cages at least twice a week and we're building a pitching tunnel in the yard.
He plays all year. Sure he's tried other sports, but they don't hold his interest. So now we just do baseball.
I'm told time and time again that he shouldn't be playing that much, that I shouldn't be allowing him to practice when he has down time. Why?
I often wonder if I said my child was an Olympic hopeful if I would get looks and comments? What if he was a swimmer or a gymnast, it seems it's acceptable to give up your whole life for those goals. why is his goal looked down upon?
Boy, yeah I'm a little heated at the moment. I just saw another parent at the dentist who asked if my son was playing basketball this season. when I told her no that he wants to go a pitching class and it interferes with the times I got the typical "he'll eventually hate it, you should make him do something else". Make him do something he doesn't want to do? What?
Then there are the people who talk behind your back saying youre pushing your child. Why, because a child wants to be the best? Why shouldn't I give him he oppurtunity?
EERRGGHH...does anyone else have this issue?