I’ve always wondered why we have a holiday celebrating WORK. What’s to celebrate?
Work is….well, work.
And that’s exactly what your kids are thinking when they come home sweaty and exhausted from practice and you say, “Did you have FUN?”
Um….NO! What’s fun about working my butt off and running until I want to puke and listening to my coach yell?
I know what you’re gonna say. Sports is supposed to be fun! Well, yes….and no.
For little ones, of course, it’s mostly all about fun. But the fun factor lessens the older your kids get. In my opinion, the fun shouldn’t totally disappear, but it will compete heavily with hard work as your kids grows up in sports.
And as your kids work harder and harder, sweat more and more, get frustrated, dislike their coach (every now and then that will happen), they may begin to wonder, what’s so fun about working hard?
There is nothing fun whatsoever about working hard. Let’s not sugar-coat the pain, sweat and tears. It’s hard and sometimes it sucks and nothing you say to your kids will change their opinion of hard work.
But there is something fun about the result of hard work. And that’s what we should impress upon our children.
The results. The rewards. The successes. The small victories. They only come from hard work.
And man oh man….they are soooo much fun.