This summer, we decided to try something different. Lil' T is at the age, where church intramural teams have aged out, and team sports for school don't start till next year. So he's been in limbo, without something motivating him to stay active. I didn't want him sitting inside all summer, on his computer playing Minecraft.
As we were researching our options, a friend recommended kayaking. Oklahoma City has a training site for top rowing athletes, in which they train Olympic athletes. Our friend told us about their program for kids, which seemed like a good introduction to kayaking for T and some of his friends.
Yesterday, instead of kayaking - they tried paddle boarding, which I thought might be a challenge. Nope ... they all hopped on and started paddling down river immediately. My kid's balance and control amazed me. The only time he fell off, was when he did a 'fake' fall - because he wanted to see how the water felt.
Below, is shows him in total solitude enjoying the water around him. I had to snap a quick shot with my iPhone, to capture the moment, as it reminded me of something straight out of Huckleberry Fin.
This summer - be sure to try something new with your kids. It has been a game changer for us, as it's opened T's eyes to just how many neat activities are out there for kids, which don't include a ball. Not that baseball, football, or soccer aren't cool ... it's just been exciting to try something unique, like paddle boarding . My kid has conquered a challenge, which has helped him spread his wings, and allowed him to do something totally on his own. And that's all good ...