I am re-reading this book, having read it years ago while in school and before having kids.
He talks about the LACK of value in organized sports for young kids. Having had ours in soccer and baseball for years now, this kinda threw me, so I wonder what other moms think.
According to Elkind, organized sports do NOT teach what we think they are teaching: working as a team, peer support, listening to another authority figure (coaches), nor do they increase the chances of success at a later date with the same sport.
He talks about the developing child's body and how the four year old who can really kick a soccer ball may actually be horrible at soccer by the time he is in high school, as his body WILL change and morph/grow.
(I am paraphrasing a bit here)
What are your thoughts?
Do you believe organized sports for kids 10 and under hold value? Or is it a waste of time and money?