Life in the Barrel of fun of which we speak is really something special! All children will excel in certain aspects of identifying who they are. Becoming adept at directing your Little One to participate in a wide variety of games is the easiest way to identify what turns him on.When it comes to games, some children will excel physically: you’ll be able to identify in which variation your Little One fits by using the foundation of discovery. What I mean by that is if he excels physically use the game of catch to advance to another level of activity.
For example, if he excels by bouncing the ball with his hands, you might want to introduce basketball: teach him to first bounce the ball, then shoot, etc. If he excels with his feet, introduce soccer and all the trappings that involve using the feet, etc. One of the keys is don’t take him too fast, allow him to lead you, just be observant and take physical and/or mental notes.
The next level would be to teach him how to excel at defeating an obstruction, if that’s true, you might want to introduce tennis, volleyball, badminton (cause the ball to get to an opponent without hitting a net), bowling (throw a ball and try to knock down ten pins with one throw), etc.
On the other hand, maybe the physical does not float his boat; no problem, if he is more mental than physical, reading is the foundation to explore his mental acumen. If he excels in reading, he might get turned on by rhyming words. Maybe he’ll be a poet, a songwriter or musician, or simply a writer (like me or you, his hero), etc. Or maybe he is intrigued by the rhythm of playing checkers, then maybe advance to chess.
One of the keys to your success is don’t force him, simply introduce a wide variety of games, let his smile index lead you to the engine that runs his barrel of fun, etc.
All the time during the interface with your Little One, keep in mind, you want to mold a balanced child. In other words, don’t avoid either the physical or mental. The result is, he will be at home regardless of his environment (among friends and foe alike).
You’ll find that as you pursue the nature of the contents of his “barrel of fun,” your Little One will enter the world of progress at an ever increasing rate of growth. You will be the catalyst that starts that engine.
Are you as excited about the prospects of molding your little stick of dynamite as I am? You should be. The world will be his to hold, you will be the sculptor!
I think you’ll admit, that’s exciting! (If not, maybe I’m just a fuddy duddy, but I’m excited for you!)
Oh to be a parent again! There is no greater endeavor in the whole wide world than parenthood. Remember, you hold the key to unlocking the joy of living inside your Little One’s “Barrel of Fun.” Enjoy it, it’s a once in a lifetime trip to immortality.