Back in August we signed JJ up for Flag football. Actually my husband signed JJ up for Flag Football. I wasn’t quite sure with the start of Kindergarten and a sport at the same time, was a good idea. I wanted to make sure JJ was fully comfortable with school before adding on a sport. My husband however, really wanted JJ to play. Soccer just seemed to hold no interest for JJ and we are always trying to figure out ways to get rid of JJ’s pent-up energy that he uses to wrestle with (and sometimes hurt his little brother) the thought of Flag football seemed like the answer to my husband who also played sports at JJ’s age.
So twice a night during the week, since the tail end of August and every Saturday since, has been devoted to football. It’s also been the reason why its taken me until October to write about this new thing in our lives.
Does my son enjoy it? Well we aren’t quite sure yet. It reminds us a lot of soccer. JJ showed very little interest in playing soccer but when asked if he had fun, he always said “yes”. Same goes with football, but he will occasionally say he doesn’t want to go to practice.
All his teammates outplay him on the field, but you also have to take into consideration how small my “little” big guy is. He’s the smallest kid on the team and the slowest. If he ran the ball, it takes mere seconds for his flag to be snatched.
After the game last week JJ asked if we could go build a bird house. It was kind of an eye-opening moment where we realized, JJ just might not be into the sports lifestyle. I took him to Michael’s where he found all these bird houses he wanted to paint and he chose a rocket bird house to paint and Sunday afternoon he was totally in his element painting this thing. It was so fun for him! But being on the field chasing after the other kids, his smile goes away.
Knowing what we seem to have observed after getting JJ involved in two different sports is that it doesn’t really matter what the sport is, he’s not interested…yet.
With that said, my husband thinks it’s a good idea that he finish out the season, because we want to teach him to persevere through things that might be difficult for him knowing its just for a short time. We’ve also agreed not to sign him up for any more sports related things unless its JJ’s idea first and if JJ insists on it, then we’ll do it.
I love that my son likes doing the artsy things I’ve done with him over the years. JJ also takes pride in the projects he brings home from school, and now I know where I can help him thrive.
Have you ever discovered that even if you had great intentions for your child, that they just didn’t take an interest? What did you do when they lacked showing an interest in something you signed them up for?
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