Games and Recreation:
How To Control An Object
HOW TO CONTROL AN OBJECT (#1)
A few years ago, little boys were often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer usually was, “I don’t know,” or, “doctor,” “lawyer,” “fireman,” etc. Seldom did they say, “I want to be a professional athlete!” A great deal of the time, that was what they were thinking. However, no one asked little girls that question. It was understood that when little girls grew up, they would be responsible for rearing the children, and assuring that everything relating to keeping the home suitable for maintaining a family, would be successful.
In this, the twenty-first century, things have changed: many little girls have grown up to be doctors, lawyers, firemen, etc., and some of them have become professional athletes. The point is, nature has provided little boys and little girls with different anatomical gifts; however, our society has discovered that, given the opportunity and equal preparation, little girls can do anything little boys can do in practically any activity selected.
One of the best things a little boy and girl can do is to engage in a competitive sport — any sport. The marvelous thing about competitive sports is, the activity itself causes the participant to engage both the mind and body. Every day proves that males and females can perform incredible acts of strength, agility, and mental acumen under all kinds of conditions.
Professionals perform at much higher levels than most of us, and the marvel of their action is what keeps us eager to see them perform. Many people wonder how they can perform at such high levels. The answer is training and preparation; in other words, practice, practice, practice!
However, we are not talking about professional athletes; as you know, we are talking about your little “Bundle of Joy.” You may say (or think) “He is just experiencing the joy of controlling his body, arent we a bit premature in talking about objects outside of himself?” I say, “Probably, but not necessarily!” All I say is, don’t assume he can/cannot perform physical acts involving the body; on the other hand, you have plenty time to be prepared when he is ready, but do not push anything on him. Just allow his actions to guide you: keep in mind that just because you were a good/great athlete means only that he will be inclined to be athletically talented — but not necessarily. I repeat: allow his actions to guide you.
On the other hand, maybe you are not athletically inclined, but guess what? That’s great — if you’re not athletically inclined, you are ahead of parents who are. You might say, “This guy must be some kind of nut, how can that be?” Well, you’re probably right about me being “some kind of nut,” (your words not mine), but, be that as it may, before you can teach your Little One, you’ve got to teach yourself. Keep in mind, we’re not talking about anything intricate, nothing complicated; we’re just talking about elemental things that you already know how to do. Now you’ll be looking at these elemental activities from a teaching standpoint, as well as a learning standpoint. Teaching, because that activity alone will cause you to interact and bond with your Little One. Learning, because his performance will allow you to determine if he is inclined to excel in activities that require greater expertise with the upper, lower, or neither part of his body. Keep in mind, that even if his athleticism appears to be negligible, his smile index will guide you to the stopping point..
You’ll probably want to improve your ability to do the things that you’ll be teaching your Little One, that’s normal. The thing you want to do, beyond anything else though, is make it fun. How does one do that? The method is a four-step technique and mindset: (1) Focus on one activity at a time (let your child’s Smile Index (SI) determine the end of the teaching session, (2) errors will be incountered every step of the way, either by teaching-technique or application; however, never be afraid to laugh at yourself and/or with others – sometimes you may look foolish, but be open about it, not too serious, (3) remember, practice erases errors, so, practice, practice, practice, but not to the point where it erases the SI, (4) progress encourages celebration: your Little One will not master anything the first time around, but as soon as he shows progress, that’s when the hugs and kisses should be unleashed (don’t overdo it you clown — you called me a nut so I … Oh yeah, that was sort of a supposition on my part wasn’t it?), all I can say is, if the shoe fits, wear it.
Now that we have forged ahead into the realm of parent’s mindset, let’s move to the action part — Kicking, Throwing, Catching…(it’s about time).