I will soon add wannabe basketball coach to my CV.
As a student, gym was not my strong subject. I did well in sports like cross country and baseball, but basketball terrified me.
Similarly, participating in class, including gym, is an ongoing struggle for T in Grade 1, his first full year of in-person learning.
T’s gym teacher and CYW noted this Spring that T enjoys and is good at basketball.
The hubby and I try to take a strengths-based approach to learning for T. It’s important to build on things he feels good about to buffer the difficult moments in school.
Part of this requires both T and us to adopt a learning mindset: to be willing to try new things, make mistakes, and learn together.
We recently bought T his own basketball to practice and play with during weekends and over the summer in the nearby school.
Do I know what I’m doing? Not really, but we’ll learn and have fun together!
Physical activity and the outdoors provide a great way for kids like T to burn excess energy and regulate emotions.
T picked up biking again after showing no interest last summer. We’re optimistic the training wheels will come off this summer.
Outdoor pools open this month! The hubby is registering T for his first lessons and looking for instructors that support kids with ADHD.
Last Sunday, we took T to his first rugby game.
T’s gym teacher recently invited rugby players to present to his class and they invited the school to their final game of the season.
It was really fun to do something different during our often quiet weekends at home.
We had no idea what the hell was going on, but watching buff guys colliding against each other was appealing. 😆
Toronto lost the game and it gave T a good introductory lesson in sports life:
You don’t always win, but you keep trying, have fun, pick yourself up, and move on.
Just wait till T becomes a Maple Leafs fan!