I wonder sometimes if in fact we begin life perfect, and over time we lose a lot of what is good within us? I have just returned from a busy day at a swim gala with over twenty young swimmers aged eight to twelve. I am exhausted from talking and cheering and tired due to … More Age does not always equal wisdom
If you are born competitive, will you always want to win? I was prompted to ask myself this question after reading a fellow (Irish) bloggers post one day.It was the blog Raising Elves, and in a post she asked, ‘Does winning or losing effect who you are?”Does winning well in childhood make you a more … More Does a competitive nature ever die?
Tonight I am sitting down falling asleep relaxing, watching television. The U.S Masters Golf is on. When I lived in Australia in my early twenties my husband tried to interest me in Golf. I played, as the weather was so beautiful, but you could say I hadn’t really the temperment for it. My now husband still … More The will to win.
I am involved, with others, as coach with a swim team. Today we brought a team to a competition and they swam their hearts out. Some were at their very first competition. Ranging in age from eight to fourteen they were a mixed bag of emotions, and personalities. There was the very serious, hanging on … More Winning isn’t everything.
I was wondering if any of my fellow bloggers would consider nominating me for one of these awards. I am not expecting to win it but it would be nice if I could make contact with some of my own countrymen and get my blog and writing out there. The details are here.http://www.blogawardsireland.com/nominations-open/ If … More Shamelessly seeking nomination for Irish blog award.
Take you marks, Go! It is amazing to note, how differently those words effect different children. Today I was at a swim competition, one of the coaches to over thirty swimmers, most aged between eight and eleven. Many competing for the first time. For some the whole day was magic. Their eyes were shining, their … More You learn so much about your child when you watch them compete.
Last week I went to a club swimming competition. It was there I made my big mistake! It was a fun event, with the over nineteen masters section, and teenagers entered. I arrived there to show support, to the teens I teach, and also to enjoy a bit of fun. As I watched everyone compete, … More Big mistake!
We all try to teach our children about fairness, and being good sports. However I have found that in most cases, children seen to naturally have these qualities, so perhaps it is us adults who corrupt them. The first time I pondered if this were the case, was a few years ago. I was teaching … More A Lesson Learned From An Eight Year Old!
One of my very closest friends, got the devastating news at Christmas, that her son aged twelve had leukemia. We have all taken time to adjust, but life continues in any family, especially when you have children, as I think this post clearly demonstrates. Within her own home she has four children, Last night they … More No Excuses!