After weeks of nonchalantly begging my daughter on if she would reconsider her no response to doing softball this summer, I finally have gave in but I'm definitely not happy about it. She has played T-ball and then Machine pitch this last summer and now she's ready to close that chapter. I am so sad but I know it's not healthy to be pushing your kids into things they don't want to do.
I however am not going to let her go through summer without some sort of activity. I told her she had to do something and gave her choice of Gymnastics, Dance, Cheerleading, Tae Kwon Do, or if those didn't appeal to her still......ball. She chose Cheerleading. Umm......cheerleading is sooooo not Alex. She has done 4-5 cheer clinics at the highschool the past years but she is quiet, not real enthusiastic, which is not cheerleading material. She is a shy mouse when it comes to big crowds. But I went ahead and said ok so I'll be enrolling her soon and she'll start mid May. Dominic will be doing ball again although he is saying no, I don't think he understands what he is saying no to.
I hate feeling like I'm pushing them into doing things especially if they say no but I really think it's good for them to do these things. I know as a kid, I did nothing. My parents had me in Brownies and Piano, no sports except 6th and 7th grade I played Basketball. It's come to a point that Dominic because of his ADHD, we realize he'll play but he'll never be completely centered on what he's doing. Like now he's playing soccer (games are 30 minutes but by 20 minutes he's done. It's sad because you want your boys to LOVE sports but because he is easily frustrated and gives up it's hard to find him a match of something he loves. We realize that Damien will probably be our first boy who really sticks at doing sports because Dominic just has such a hard time. Just hopefully by that time Damien will talk. lol
So what do you do with your own kids? How do you find that talent that they love and are willing to keep at it? Do you feel you have to push? Does it make you feel guilty? I know Alex would be happy probably going back into gymnastics since we've done that since she was 4 but she really wants to go for cheerleading which even though I was hoping to see her and her classmates playing ball again, I can respect that...... I guess.