I have no expectations that she become an Olympic athlete (unless of course she wants to be) but at the very least I want her to climb stairs without feeling out of breath and maybe find a social outlet in a favorite activity. I want her worst medical complaint to be monthly bloating. I want her to be strong enough to carry her own luggage around the world, ride her bike to work, dance the night away, and (of course) sit up straight.
As a running and youth fitness advocate, I’ve got a bit of a bias. I know that kids who
My daughter, however, has a different perspective. She’s really not much of a “joiner”. She has disliked almost every team sport she’s been in. She even hated My Gym. She prefers a game of Uno and a coloring book to a game of tag.
And so at almost 10 years old, I’ve got a tween who is becoming more self-conscious about her image and her ability to do things and the window is closing on “finding her active”.
With a few unsuccessful attempts under our belt – and a few that started off okay but ended on not-so-much – I’m determined to have her try as many activities as possible if it helps her find something she’ll love…. or at least tolerate.
And in the process I’m going to see what I can learn about the vast array of youth sports out there.
I hope that what I uncover will guide a few people to opportunities for their kids. And if we find that magic activity that doesn't make my daughter scream “I hate this and I quit” then I’ll call it a success.
Let the games begin!