Trying To Get Her To Be Inspired
At age 11, my daughter plays soccer, swims, knows how to ride a bike, plays the flute, knows more about technology than I do and for the most part gets good grades. Without breaking a sweat, she can pull A's and some B's on her report card with very minimal effort. She barely, I mean barely practices the flute but when she has to buckle down, she can get her parts memorized and get it right within days. I know that the band teacher they have chooses more difficult music to play and she plays an open-holed flute which is suppose to be harder too. She has met every challenge and has done well with everything that I have asked of her. I didn't accomplish half of the stuff that she has when I was her age. I'm saying all this not to boast or gloat about my kid. But because I can't imagine just how much more successful she could be if she really put her mind and effort into everything that she does. I haven't seen a fire in her eyes yet. I want her to be passionate about what she does then she would be a heck of a force to deal with. No, I don't force her to be active in activities that she doesn't want to participate in. We got rid of a few things to lighten her schedule but she was the one that added more things back to it because she wanted to take part in new stuff. She wanted to join choir but I had to put the brakes on that as logistically I didn't know how we could have possibly pulled it off.
I'm trying to keep a balance. I don't want to be one of those parents that act as if they're raising a future Olympic athlete. But I'll be damn if she thinks I'm going to allow her to be a slacker.