I was the most uncoordinated kid in the world, banging my knuckles on tables as I walked by, knocking over lamps, two left feet on the dance floor. I wasn’t the fastest kid. I wasn’t the best player.
Makes you wonder what ever happened to “the fastest kid” and “the best player”! As parents, it’s natural for us to want to see our child excel. But we can’t be discouraged if she fails to kick the winning soccer goal or make the advanced math class. Our child will read our disappointment and may wind up feeling like a failure and giving up. Dave Winfield says he had to “work hard” to improve; that is the name of the game. It’s up to us to convince our child that, if she wants something enough, she can achieve it with a diligent and focused effort.
Call to Action: On this day, I pledge to reenforce my child’s “winning attitude” and to emphasize to her that through discipline and hard work and dedication to excellence, anyone has a shot at fulfillment.