Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Soccer Shmocker: Trying New Things

Building Confidence
After hearing G say "I am not good at soccer" 900 times, we realized that we need to work on boosting her self-esteem.

Here is a great article on 10 ways to do just that.

So soccer isn't her thing, at least so far. I know that she may grow to enjoy it, or she may never enjoy it. Either way is fine, and I suppose this is why we as parents expose our children to many different activities and sports. At ballet she flourishes and loves to show off her new french vocabulary. 

Here is a video of her first soccer game...mind you she knows the rules and is awesome at kicking the ball at home.

Sunday Dialogue Between Grandma and G
Grandma: G, do you know that when you put your heart and soul into it, you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do?
G: Yeah, I know that Grandma...except soccer.

Please be advised that I know that I am no master of parenting, just trying to figure this all out as we go along.
In order to boost her confidence (mainly about trying new things) we are going to work on taking small "risks". Trying yellow watermelon (we got one as a part of our veggie box this week) was a great challenge. One that she met with complete bravery! She even wanted more!
The article also pointed out a few more things that are important, like...
providing empathy is okay when a child compares themselves to someone else, and
encouragement should trump praise.

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