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    #185545 - 03/21/14 05:02 PM Re: If your child is gifted with a sport/instrument... [Re: ultramarina]
    ultramarina Offline

    Registered: 08/24/10
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    Does it help to think of a decision, either way, being just for the next six months or year, and put a date in the diary to reconsider?

    It feels slippery-slopeish. I mean, in September I thought it was completely bizarre/hilarious that his school coach kept telling us he should go to private coaching. (Because he was five!!) Now it's March and I'm like, yeah, the coaching. Maybe we should do that?

    #185562 - 03/22/14 01:55 AM Re: If your child is gifted with a sport/instrument... [Re: ultramarina]
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    Maybe deciding not to do coaching right now, but telling DS you'll talk about it again in September and if he still really wants to do it then he can, would help you feel you have some control? Or maybe that thought experiment leaves you unable to imagine him not still wanting it in September, and that helps you decide to do it now?

    I do sympathise! It's very tricky.
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    #185573 - 03/22/14 11:25 AM Re: If your child is gifted with a sport/instrument... [Re: ultramarina]
    Dude Offline

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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    DS is actually naturally athletic so in his case, it's not an thing where he should so sports to be, you know, sort of humbled. (I don't mean to sound flippant. I get it.)

    Our DD doesn't need to be humbled, quite the opposite, as she's her own worst critic. Sports is an avenue for her to build her self-esteem, because she is good at athletics, and she's hearing encouragement from people who aren't her parents. She thinks we can't be objective about her, so she tunes us out.

    It's also good for her to learn that other people are good at things, too, because she may make a great play on the soccer field, only to be stopped by someone who also made one.

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