Soccer has been interesting for our girls. The season starts with so much excitement and energy. They are ready to go.
They get those tiny uniforms and the little cleats and shin guards and can’t contain themselves. Then they get to practice.
They realize that it’s a little more work. There is running and kicking and the dreaded listening to directions and rules and well, they sort of lose their interest.
Those first couple games (okay, almost all of them) involve them either standing on the field, wondering off, coming to the sideline to talk to mom and dad or even picking flowers and grass. Gotta love the attention span of a 3-4 year old. But we persevered. All of us. It was hard to keep going back week after week, but we stood firm.
The balance between wanting them to enjoy it, but not letting them quit is hard. We just kept up with the practicing and playing and encouraging.
Then, one day it happened, she finally decided she wanted to play. And she did (as long as she was goalie). It started to mesh for her. She was happy she was playing. We were happy she was playing and enjoying it…and I might have needed a Kleenex.
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