My four-year-old is on his first tee ball team this year. It has been fun (and sometimes painful) to watch him and his teammates learn and grow throughout the season. And there is nothing cuter than little four and five-year-olds in uniforms. But overall, I think this season has taught me more than it has taught my son.
Lesson: Don't let rejection stop you or take the fun out of what you're doing.
On Thursday we had a double header to make up for a game that had been rained out. The second game lasted until almost 9pm. Do you know what it's like to be with a group of four-year-olds who are playing tee ball well past their bedtimes. We were quickly loosing control of the troops. There were fights. There were tears. Our poor coach spent most of his time trying to console crying children.
Lesson: Beware of burnout. It's hard to do your best when you're worn down. Build in healthy breaks when you can.
My son's team are the Bluejays. So when our uniforms didn't come in on time and we had to wear white t-shirts, he said they were the "Whitejays," and the team they played last week were the "Greenjays." ;) They're a great group of kids. Sometimes they tackle their fellow teammates trying to get the ball, but for the most part they make an excellent team. When my little guy got upset on the field, it was another little boy who went over and checked on him.
Lesson: Surround yourself with people who will cheer you on. Also, make sure you're supporting those around you.
Did you play sports as a kid?
*Today's post idea was dreamed up by the lovely Jessica Patch. Thanks, Jessica!