Thursday, October 9, 2014
Letting Your Kids Discover Their Likes And Take Some Risks
Mr. J has been wanting to learn to skateboard for a while. When he was a toddler, my mom would watch him while I worked and they would go for walks. If they came upon kids skateboarding, he would want to sit and watch - he was fascinated.
I noticed the same thing, and as he got older he mentioned that he wanted to learn how to skateboard. I entered a contest on Cathy Thinking Out Loud, the prize was a set of pads and a helmet. I happened to be the winner. When I took Mr. J down to pick up the gear, we bought a skateboard for him as well (no point in having the gear without a board).
When we got home that night, he tested it out, and practiced a few times over the next few weeks. He is now doing pretty well with his balance and learning how to control the board.
Now is where the fear comes in with this mama. He wants to learn how to use the ramps and do tricks. I want him to have fun, and I want him to explore the things that he likes and discover what he likes and doesn't like. BUT, it scares me. It scares me a lot.
We know that we can't stop him from learning new things - but we want him to be as safe as he can be. We plan on getting him lessons in the spring so he can learn proper techniques.
Have your kids taken up a sport that makes you nervous?