Don’t let the lemon chiffon dainty color or the pink accented cleats fool you, the girl is tough.
Our fall league soccer season started on Saturday and the sunny and unusually cool August weather was ideal and for a few hours I wondered if we were really in Middle Tennessee it was so nice out. The big news was Miss C scored the first goal for her team! We may or may not have been yelling excitedly from the sidelines.
Something has really “clicked” with Miss C on the field in the past year. There was a time she was getting frustrated and she was overthinking her moves on the field but now she doesn’t hesitate at the goal and she also enjoys playing as part of the team. I’m not sure where the overthinking gene comes from, but I can assure you it’s not from me. Ahem. If she gets knocked down, she gets right back up. She’s been playing with the same small core group of girls since she was 4 and it’s been fun to watch them grow up together as a team.
Later that night we were talking at bedtime and I told her how proud I was of how she’d played that day. We’ve never pushed “winning” but we’ve always told her to have fun when she plays.
She looked at me and said, “Mommy, do you know how I made that goal? I just had fun and did it!”
Have you ever had a moment where you watch your child “get it” on the playing field? I never played sports as a kid so this is all new to me…but it’s pretty darn cool.
That’s great! My daughter really had a breakthrough in swimming this year. I think it was because she had a good instructor and a small class. finally she can swim a lap without touching the bottom with her feet.
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My oldest isn’t really “sporty”. She in dance. She wanted to quit last year, but I convinced her not too and now she is really glad. I think the longer she does it the more she will value it.
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Urban Kid 1 is the same. Long blonde ponytail, pretty headband and willing to take out any unsuspecting boy at the ankles on the soccer field. She then hurries home to play dress-up.
But it’s interesting to see them grow and change and find their strengths and joys, isn’t it?
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She looks like one tough cookie! Both of my boys love soccer.
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She is a tough cookie, but is also Miss Girly Girl.
We’re not sure we’re going to do dance this year. She’s really interested in gymastics and Girl Scouts. Frankly right now I’m enjoying just one activity between both girls. Miss A definitely wants to do tumbling/gymnastics. Why am I not surprised?
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Soccer is one of the best sports to start kids off in! And that she’s already learned to just have fun is a REALLY important milestone; I know kids entering high school who still haven’t learned that!
The Oldest is more into the social aspect of whatever sport he’s playing (swim/soccer). The Middle Child is a born team player; he revels in the teamwork of it all; that’s why football and lacrosse are his gigs. The Baby? We’ll wait and see.
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