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Children are doing amazing things in sports. They’re achieving feats, much like the girl above, which many of us couldn’t fathom at that age. Twenty years ago children weren’t doing this. When I was six my only concern was not being found during hide and seek.
These feats, as exceptional as they are, do raise questions.
- Are we pushing our children too hard, turning them into celebrated athletes at a young age?
- If we aren’t pushing them too hard, then should we be doing so in the direction of athletics?
Personally, I don’t think we are pushing children too hard. That children are excelling at athletics is evidence that they we aren’t pushing them too hard. Although, this could be detrimental to the child that is pushed hard in sports, yet isn’t up to par with their peer group. Our consciousness gives us an innate ability to adjust to what’s thrown our way. Children are not overachieving. They are simply achieving.
This brings us to our next question. Should we be pushing them solely toward athletics as many parents are doing? I’m going to have to go with “no” on that question. Of course, I am not telling you how to parent. At the end of the day, you have to make that decision, but I believe that there’s more out there for children than sports, much knowledge that we aren’t even tapping into. I won’t rehash this as I cover it in my article “Get Your Child Into Something Other Than Sports.”
When I sit back and think about why we’re pushing our children so hard in sports, it makes sense that we do. Our culture places the athlete above the geek, well above them. Ask a child who LeBron James is. Then go ask them who Neil Degrasse Tyson is. At least when I was a kid, my friends and I knew who Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was. It’s just not cool to be smart. We don’t do a good job of promoting intelligence in American culture.
The problem with that is that athletes don’t solve important problems, though they’re paid like they do. Athletes entertain, and that’s all they’ll ever do.
See this NY Times Article- “Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?”