Summer is winding down, fall is in the air, school has started…and the soccer season has commenced.I realize my popularity may wane when I admit that I hate soccer. I don’t get it, I didn’t play it growing up, and I don’t understand what all the fuss is all about. But, this doesn’t stop me from buying soccer shoes, cutting multi-colored, soccer inspired hair ribbons, and dragging my foldable lounge chair across a treeless field to watch Hunter play soccer....ContinueLanita Moss ...more
I try as hard as I can to teach my children to be kind to people. To be nice to others, even if they don't particularly like them. To demonstrate good sportsmanship. I just wish that all the parents out there, and by extension, all the coaches, felt the same way.I wish that people wouldn't get these illusions in their heads that their child is going to be the next starting pitcher in the major leagues or play on an Olympic soccer team when they are 3 years ...more
Last year, we realized that if our ten-year-old was going to continue to play soccer, he would need the more focused, professional coaching that comes at the competitive club level as opposed to recreation leagues with parent coaches. In club leagues, you typically pay for a professional coach who teaches more than just the basic rules of the game and good sportsmanship - they teach individual skills, athletic conditioning, game strategy and team development. It’s a big commitment, both in money and time.
My husband and I hope to have a pair of kids down the road. If one or more turns out to be a girl, you can bet I’ll be looking to put them in soccer as soon as they turn four. I started playing soccer when I was four, shortly after my dance instructors told my parents I was better suited for something that allowed me to run wild. While I don’t really remember the few dance lessons I took, I do remember my first day of soccer, asking for the number one for my jersey and when that was taken, asking for four, since I was four years old.
Kids on the spectrum generally have a hard time playing sports. My daughter was a late walker. She didn't start walking until she was over 19 months old. According to the physical therapist we were seeing, her core muscles were weak which is what caused the delay. At the time, nobody suspected autism. One physical therapist told us that this will always be an issue, but if we got her involved in things like swimming, dance, or gymnastics, it can make a huge difference!
Last Saturday, we drove to a different part of town for Sam's soccer game. Per the coach's instructions, we arrived a little early so the team could warm up beforehand. Apparently, they needed to work on important athletic skills like not screaming "Monkey nuts!" when the other team gets a goal. Or maybe it was passing, I'm not quite sure.
My Monkey wants to be an artist. Inspired by her Grams, she has found something that brings her great joy. To to be honest, she is pretty darn good at it. The question now is where do we go from here? Maybe an art class?...more
by Ariel DoughertyFrom On The Issues MagazineThe World Cup coverage by ESPN (and ABC) washed over the U.S. this summer like a fever — a month long homage to the universal sport as played by men....more
Nota Bene: Mama's got a work deadline this week. So, after much negotiating, pleading and persuading, Dear Husband agreed to guest post for me this week. Maybe just today, maybe through Wednesday, but you just might see some Fatherly Advice on Friday....more