I always love observing the way my children approach something new. My kids are like me and have inherited the tricky “perfectionist” gene. Being a perfectionist is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because you are always striving to do your very best but it can be a curse because you can become easily frustrated or fearful of even starting something new at all for fear of failure. Now I know how hard my parents struggled with me as a kid to overcome the frustration and to try new things without hesitation.
Sports can be a great way to teach perseverance when something is difficult. Sports can show you that you will succeed but you will also have challenges and failures but you will be ok and you will get back up to try again.
I have been taking my daughter to the new North Country Climbing Center (NC3, Live Free and Climb!) since this winter. Every time we go she is more curious about trying new things in the bouldering area and every time she is ready to try going a little bit higher up the wall. When we go to the wall I let her climb at her own pace. The challenge for her is to get back up and climb again if she slips off a foothold or when she gets nervous because she thinks she is too high up. Every time she look down I only encourage, “Just look forward, see if you can go any further.” Every time we go I can see her confidence build and her determination to go a little bit further growing within her. Rather than letting her frustration get the best of her she tackles the wall again until she has what she says are “noodle fingers and arms” and is too tired to climb anymore.
Today she Organic Runner Girl climbed further up than she ever had before and the look of pride and joy on her face was absolutely priceless. I love watching my kids as a reminder of how to approach things in life. I love presenting my kids with these kinds of challenges and seeing their personal growth. I am learning a lot from my kids. I am finding new inspiration.
What lessons have you learned from kids? What adventures did you have this weekend?
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