Would you like ice with that?

Hows this heat! It really is getting unbearable!

I wrote a post a while ago about getting Cameron involved in some sort of formal sport training. I don’t appear to tag my posts properly so I can’t find it.

Anyway I have been toying with the idea for a while now. Do I push him? Do I leave him to find his spot?

Well after much internal searching because if we, as parents, are really honest with ourselves our motivation sometimes is more about us than about our kids, I have decided to push! There is a club that trains for triathalons so their training isn’t just swimming and I think this is going to work the best for us.

Cameron didn’t do so great in his interhouse gala – he was more disappointed than I was because he really had hoped for a trophy again this year. The other boys who beat him do extra swimming so they train harder and more often than he does – it makes a difference.

So I am going to start pushing a little harder. We started training this afternoon at our local pool and will do this all through the holidays and he can start with the club next year. I will admit I want him to win, I know he can do it but I also want him to win for him. It is important to him. He enjoys racing and enjoys winning but he has reached a level now where he needs to step it up!!

Do your kids do sport? Do you push them?


  1. says

    The Pricess has extra swimming but is refusing to try out for the school swimming team- she even refused to try out for the interhouse gala. But we are very happy with her progress. I do think swimming has so much technique that extra trainng is important. So we are not pushing her to contend ut Imwould like to. From nextbyear no excuses.

    The other sports are just the wchool training.

  2. says

    I think for Cam this is a great idea, he thrives on sports..WTG mom!
    With Kamika, she honestly doesn’t give a toot hey, first or last makes no difference to her, she loves to swim, but play swim, not compete..
    for me, this is hard to accept, i was very sporty in school, I did it all, and did it well on national level as well.
    I have to remind myself that she’s not me :)

  3. says

    My kids don’t appear to be interested so no, I don’t push them. I do insist on an extra mural so Child1 currently does Judo which he seems to really love. Both my DH and I were never into sports so I don’t know if we have possibly projected this onto them – I don’t that we consciously did this. Child1 has been making noises about running with me on the weekends and joining me for a swim afterwords so I am going to indulge him – maybe I’ll end up pushing. Who knows?
    I think it’s a fantastiuc idea for Cameron though – he seems to love sport and clearly thrives on it.

  4. says

    Nicola is not quite there yet where I can answer this question. In theory I would say if she wants to compete then I will give her an opportunity to do that to the best of her capabilities, if she doesn’t I’m okay with that too.

  5. says

    My son don’t do sports but my daughter do. This is due to the fact that at this present moment there is no interest for my son but my daughter do have the interest.
    We don’t believe in pushing our children in academics nor sport. We believe that this is when kids start to rebel.

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