Another One Bites the Dust

Picture of Tiger Woods

Another activity gets ditched

Just when I thought that we were beginning to develop a routine, Kai says that he no longer wishes to attend Jodo classes. We’ve only recently started attending but I really enjoyed chatting with the other mums, and was beginning to make some firm friends. I also loved the fact that the week began with us out and about, rather than indoors wondering what to do.

I’m a bit concerned that Kai has pretty much ditched all of his clubs ( swimming, cubs and break dance). “Will he stick to anything?” I ask myself. I have a general rule that he needs to try something before dismissing it. If he does not like it, then that’s fine. I don’t force him to continue. But at the same time I am aware that he needs to develop persistence.

Is this the One?

For the last few months he has been talking about Parkour, and asking if he can do a trial. Because of the price and his commitment to the other activities (prior to dropping them) I have tried to stall him on this. I also wanted to see how much he wanted to do it, half expecting his interest to wane. But several months on he is still asking, so I guess we we’ll  give it a go.

Many children I know have activities every day after school, but they did not choose to do them. Their parents did. I don’t want to debate the ethics of this because I do not know what’s right these children. However, I do feel that forcing my son to participate in activities that he does not like seems to cause a lot of resistance and upset within our relationship. In addition, I really want him to follow his passions.

This does not mean that Kai never has to do things he doesn’t want, of course not. There are times when I need to go places where he does not want to go, but if there is no one to look after him he has to come along. I know that going along to a lecture for an hour or shopping isn’t going to do him any harm. Ok, but couldn’t you use say the same about swimming lessons, or school for that matter? I think the main difference with the former examples is that these activities are not happening to him in a direct sense; he is attending, but does not have to actively participate ( he might have to hold some shopping). In the other two examples he is required to be an active participant whether he wants to or not.

“Tiger Woods.” Wind and Fly LTD, 2016. 23 February 2016.


About SJ

A mother, writer and free-spirited home-educator with a passion for challenging the norm.
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