My little one is going to skateboard camp in the morning. I am soooo excited for him. He is very athletic but not terribly into sports. We have done football, soccer, karate and several other things that I can’t think of at the moment. He is actually very good at all of them and definitely athletic. He is amazing at football and can throw a perfect spiral a great distance and catch it too! However, he does not like ANY of those activities. I really want to find something that he falls in love with because it will be very important to him as he gets older to excel at something. You see he has dyslexia and is still not reading much. He is very smart, his IQ is in the superior range but he is definitely a kid who learns differently. School is a struggle and probably will always be for him. Looking at him you would never think he had a learning disability, he looks like a white blonde little surfer dude… I think it will be so important to find something that he can be proud of and will occupy his time. Keep him out of trouble…I know famous last words but, low self-esteem puts him at risk for all sorts of problems. I want him to have something that is fun for him and that he is good at!
After having said all that…I got to thinking about the sport of skateboarding. Sadly, it does not have a great reputation of being a clean drug free sport. My little one is only 8 and he may not end up liking this sport either but it really makes me think? Is this the sport we want to invest in?
My daughter has always said there are Football players that smoke pot every day and Lacrosse players getting drunk at every party they go to. I wish there was a way to drug proof your child. You know what I mean? It did work for my daughter, she was a very serious competitor. At the high point in her career she was working out 22 hours a week at gymnastics. She was busy and she made good choices but really I think that it was just an intrinsic personality trait… to work hard for something you want and to do well. I don’t really know that it had a damn thing to do with me? LOL
So maybe bad choices didn’t have anything to do with me either! Hey, an epiphany of sorts!