The good news is that he hasn’t freaked about losing for a number of games. I think it was the initial adrenaline rush of being in a competition that had his nerves wound so tightly, but thankfully, he relaxed as the season went on and learned how to have fun.
That’s a great thing because contrary to this little medal ceremony, Parker’s team had a losing season. Not that you could tell by their glee at getting medals and cupcakes.
Honestly, I’m not really a fan of the “everyone gets a medal” philosophy of team sports these days. Sure, at Parker’s age it’s fine, but as the kids get older, I think that there is something to be said for learning how to deal with defeat and disappointment because lets face it, it’s an important life skill!
Did you happen to notice the gorgeous leaves on the mountains around the field (like in the picture above)? They’re lovely to look at, aren’t they? Unfortunately, living in the middle of the mountains this time of year means leaves. Everywhere.
With both of my kids, I’ve tried to encourage them to help out around the house. I want them to think of chores as fun and so far, they’re both super helpful…until one of them tries to eat the broom bristles. Why must they put everything into their mouths??