Creative Crayon Club: Spring Sports and Children’s Morals

May 2, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Posted in children, Creative Crayon Club, dads, Family Time, Fun Activities, GEM Parenting Secrets, How To, moms, Mothers, parents, Safety, Self Esteem, sports, teens, toddlers, Tweens, Welcome | Leave a comment
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Creative Crayon Club

This week take time to be unorganized with your child’s sport. If your child plays soccer be a little early for a practice and just kick the ball around for fun. Try going for a walk with a soccer ball that you and your child pass.

Don’t worry if you are not good. The point is to have fun.

Other fun slightly organized games for multiple ages and abilities:

Kick the Can

This is my own all time favorite and it is my family’s fave as well!

What you need:

And old coffee can

(Nowadays you should put duct tape around the top edge, but in my day we just kicked the can till it fell apart)

Space with hiding spots


Players- about 5 at least – 10 is a great number

What you do:

One person is the can kicker

One person is “It”

The others are hiders

It covers eyes.

Can kicker kicks can. Warn kicker to kick it away from It and other children

It counts to twenty (or appropriate number for your group)

Can kicker and other children hide during counting.

It gets can and puts it near jail.

It looks for children.

When It finds someone he/she yells his or her name and races for the can.

The found child races for the can as well.

If It gets to can first found child goes to jail.

If found child gets to can first, he/she kicks can-away from children/jail

and all children in jail go free.

It puts can back and starts again.

If one child is It for too long, then have a drink/snack break, rather than just switching things around.

Enjoy your weekend with the kids!

Feedback Friday: Spring Sports and Children’s Morals

May 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

Ask Grace…

Questions & Answers

♥ My daughter is on a gymnastics team that trains five days a week. She has no time to do anything else but train and do her homework. I don’t think this is healthy for her. What can I do?

First, decide how passionate your daughter is about gymnastics.  Decide if she has time to interact with the other girls while in the gym. And notice if she is actually friends with these girls or if she feels she is merely a teammate.

Second, if your daughter is not totally passionate about gymnastics, talk with her about taking an afternoon off each week. She can rotate the afternoons, or pick one afternoon. I caution you to keep the afternoon free. Don’t fill it up with another organized activity. Remember, if the coach says this is not acceptable, you do pay the bill. Be gentle but firm. We need to do this for a while.

Third, begin to arrange and create social gatherings with the other girls around the practices. You can have a gym-girls sleep over, have dinner together before/after practice, and go to a movie. Sometimes with individual sports there is not much done as a team. Have the girls make support cards/posters for each other before meets. Have pre/after meet gatherings.

♥ All my son’s friends are into organized sports. But my son really enjoys things like kayaking, rock climbing, and other unorganized outdoor sports. I am worried that by being off on these activities he will be left out of things with his school friends.

If his school friends have not figured out that he is interested in other things by now they don’t care. On the other hand, if he is losing friends because of his different interests he can find new friends.

To do this, seek out programs and groups that are geared for his age group. Make an effort to meet the other parents. From these like-minded children friendships will develop. The most important thing is to look to the gem in your child. Bring the gem to the sunlight. And others will see that gem as precious as well. But there is no need to try and change the gem to meet the needs of peers. Your child will flourish with the ability to be himself. Cherish your son’s enthusiasm and individual interests.

Grace E. Mauzy, MA works with overwhelmed, stressed parents having difficulty comfortably cope with parenting. Parents learn positive intervention utilizing strategies and tactics to develop high self-esteem in children. Grace is the founder of GEM Parenting – an online community dedicated to parenting with passion, purpose, and integrity.

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