My Son And Flag Football


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. 

I love this smile!


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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17 thoughts on “My Son And Flag Football

  1. We went through the same thing with my son in taekwondo. As soon as my son didn’t want to do it, we took him out. I know the common thought is to “finish it out” – but at the same time, I want him to know that it’s his life. He doesn’t have to do stuff he doesn’t want to because somebody decided for him that he should be in a sport he didn’t enjoy. I think for us, the bigger lesson was to trust yourself, listen to your heart, and do what makes you happy. I left work when I felt it was time (instead of “waiting it out” until I retire), and I’m so happy that I did. I want to give my kids the same chance to do what they love. Feel free to check out my posts on Phoenix in taekwondo ( & the upside of quitting (

    1. I definitely agree with you here and my husband I have discussed just letting him quit, and my husband says no. He says this because we have a member of the family who continually quits his jobs when he doesn’t like his hours or the going just gets rough for awhile. In 2 years he’s had 20 something jobs….he quits when he’s not getting his way. Its extremely annoying for us since we are the go to people when he needs money.

      So my husband thinks that just letting him quit teaches the wrong message, which I can understand in light of what we are dealing with. I’m a little more ok with it because it wasn’t JJ that signed up for football and is now quitting, “we” signed him up for it. Now with just two games left, and JJ showing slightly more interest, we’ll just finish out the season. He doesn’t throw a fit or anything, but we can tell he’s out of his element. My husband rarely questions anything I do with the kids, but for some reason this is something he has a huge stance in. So I’m gonna let him have this one, this time. 😉 Oh and I remember your Taekwando post with Phoenix, you made the right decision there and I would have done the same, especially with something like that, that requires a lot more dedication.

  2. I’ve known since my son was a toddler he was never going to be into sports. He is not a football kid or a basketball kid. He’d much rather be taking something apart and learning how it works or creating something amazing from duct tape. However, I do think he needs physical activity that keeps him busy, so both my older two kids are on a swim team and practice is 3x a week.

    1. That is great!! Sometimes when we realize our kids aren’t athletic, we forget that they still need as much exercise as they can get in each day. Its good that you see recognize that!

  3. Flag football definitely sounds like a great way to help kids get rid of the pent-up energy, but it’s too bad that JJ hasn’t really taken to a sport yet. He’s young still, though, so maybe an interest will develop. You never know until you try, right?

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