Baseball mom, Jenifer Armstrong shared the article below. And I couldn’t agree with it more. Our kids learn soooo much more from playing travel sports than hits, strikes and the infield fly rule. The life lessons, blessings and benefits are too numerous to count.
WHY I DON’T PAY FOR SPORTS!
The other night someone asked me “Why do you pay so much money for your boys to play sports?” Well I have a confession to make, I don’t pay for sports.
So if I am not paying for sports, what am I paying for? I pay for those moments when my boys become so tired they want to quit but don’t. I pay for those days when my boys come home from school and are “too tired” to go to practice but go anyway. I pay for my boys to learn to take care of their body. I pay for my boys to learn to work with others and to be good team mates. I pay for my boys to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that position they hoped for, but still have to work hard at the position that they have been asked to play. I pay for my boys learn to make and accomplish goals. I pay for my boys to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create something beautiful, and that success does not happen overnight. I pay for my boys to learn time management. I pay for the opportunity my boys have and will have to make life-long friendships.
I could go on but to be short, I don’t pay for sports, I pay for the opportunities that sports provide my boys to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far, I think it is a great investment!
I am sure that other parents get similar questions. “Why do you pay for dance?” “Why do you pay for softball?” “Why do you pay for band?” “Why do you pay for cheer?”…. I just think it is important to realize what we are really paying for.
You see just a few weeks ago, Caleb was asked to tell what the greatest lesson baseball had taught him was, and his answer was this…”how to face failure!” That is such a profound statement! Everyday, we each face failures in our own lives. How do we handle those failures? Do we hang our heads and just give up? Or do we decide to get up and make a change? Do we truly live life like a 3-2 count? Are you the pitcher in this instance who is determined to get the strike out? Or the batter determined to get on base? Either way, one word remains…determined.
Determination is the key to any success.
Colby was asked to play a position in soccer this year that he had never played, and quite honestly, didn’t really want to play. But he did, and he did it well. He could have complained and whined. But instead, he decided that it was what his team needed. So he worked and learned to be the best he could be at that position for himself and his team. What a life lesson!
How often as adults are we asked to do something outside of our comfort zone?
Kids are still kids, and sometimes they want to quit. They want to whine. They want to blame others for things that they themselves have done.
Heck, adults still do that! But as parents, we must see the big picture for our children when they can’t see it. Quitting and complaining will not get you where you want to go. Hard work, determination and attitude will. I’m thankful for the lessons sports have taught my boys. But most importantly, I’m thankful that God blessed my boys with the ability to be able to play the sports they love. You see, so many children around us are not able due to health and other reasons. So I have always told my boys to play hard for themselves, for the ones who cannot… and for God to get the glory.
May you live life today like a 3-2 count!
One Blessed Mom
Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.
WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.
My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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