My son loves sports, but the only lessons he has taken so far have been the “life skills” sports that we think are necessary to know growing up: swimming and skating. Swimming seems obvious (we have family members with pools), but skating might seem less so. However, when the outdoor swimming months are equal to the outdoor skating months, it makes sense to give them equal (or almost equal) time. So, from April to December J takes swimming lessons, and this year he took skating lessons from January to March.
One of my favourite things to see as a teacher and coach is the improvement that my students and players make as they practice a skill. As a parent, I am that much more invested and proud to see my kid work at something, listening to his instructor, and putting the principles he learns into practice.
Today we went skating as a family, and watching him get up from a fall without asking for help, shoot a puck with his little hockey stick, and get on and off the ice reminded me of how far he has come.
We’re a few lessons from the end of skating, but the strides he has taken have impressed me, and I’ll be sad to see the end of his learning. The good news, though, is that swimming starts the very next week, and the learning and skill-building will begin anew!