An Olympic fan, I eagerly anticipate the games every two years and sit glued to the TV. This year is no exception, and I’m hearing amazing stories of athletes and their families.
Two male athletes give me hope for my energetic, challenging son.
At age 9, Kieran Behan started gymnastics to use up excess energy. He is now only the second male gymnast from Ireland to compete in the Olympics.
Michael Phelps started swimming at age 7. His mother sent him to the pool with his older sisters because he was energetic and rambunctious. He competes this week to become the winningest Olympian of all time.
So many parents start their kids in sports at a young age. The consensus almost insists that kids must start young in order to succeed in their sport. These two young men disprove that theory. Yes, 7 and 9 is young, but it’s not 3 and 4.
My son took gymnastics two years ago and loved it. He grew tired of it after 18 months, though, so we stopped. He’d like to start up again, and his occupational therapist insists that he would benefit from a sport where he’s active and moving. I’m seriously considering re-enrolling him. Sure, it’s a time and financial commitment, but the benefits are worth the sacrifices.
Just ask our Olympians.
My husband is home this weekend, a rare treat. However, he’s also playing Wii with the kids. They saved their coins, we searched for a secondhand console and games, and we finally found one this week. As a result of the fun and games, I’ve had to give up my favorite working chair that sits in the middle of the gaming action.
At a chair at the table, I attempted to meet several deadlines. Somehow, the dining room chair and table just didn’t seem right. I found myself struggling to concentrate and mentally write what otherwise would have been easy assignments.
This involuntary move started me thinking about the upcoming school year. Would my son be able to better concentrate if we established a regular spot designated solely for school work?
Nearly every professional agrees that a routine helps them concentrate and prepares their mind for work. Why is school any different?
I know I perform better when I sit in my favorite writing chair. In the next few weeks as we prepare to head back to school, I plan to find a designated spot for my son. At his desk, he can complete worksheets, listen to lessons and hopefully find the concentration he needs in order to succeed.