Proud Moments

On Saturday morning I took Minnie to ballet class for the first time. She was a bit hesitant at first but joined in with the other girls after a while. I watched her from afar and had one of the lump-in-throat moments you get as a parent.

Later on the same day we went in to town to get Felix his first school uniform for when he starts in September (another tear-inducing time in life). While in town we passed a make-shift running track in Slab Square (something to do with the Olympics next year) and asked Felix if he wanted a go. Here he is in his race.

Felix is in the far lane. He's the youngest in the race and, understandably, comes last. Still, it makes me feel so proud watching this. I never thought I'd feel so proud watching a child of mine lose at something, but it's the fact he took part. The fact he didn't quit. The fact he stuck to his lane till the end. The fact he lost with dignity. In fact I'm not even sure he saw it as losing. To him, like they say, it was all about the taking part.

Karen maintains that I'm overly-competitive, but I'm not. I do like to add a sense of competition to things (there's no point to games or sport if there's no competition!), but I like to think I lose well. And that's what I want to teach the kids -- how to lose with dignity and - most importantly - have fun.


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    • Jason
    • Mon 11 Jul 2011 04:39 AM

    Have been helping coach my sons' football team and learnt this weekend that our kids respond really well to introducing a stopwatch into exercises. They naturally want to compete for the best time.

  1. That's tremendous! So many children these days seem too shy to get out and possibly be judged by peers or others. I had a proud moment myself this week on holiday when my oldest, one who is usually timid, waded out faaar from shore in the shallow lake to talk with other children playing way out there. Yep - lump in throat to see them growing and achieving and making us proud without warning. :-)

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    • Jorge Coelho
    • Mon 11 Jul 2011 10:29 AM

    I can't agree with you enough. I think it's the watching them "grow up", which makes these moments special. Last month I watched my daughter (4) perform at her dance recital and it wasn't a masterpiece, but just watching her get up on stage in front of a full auditorium and do something like that was a special moment for me as a parent.

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