Are you the kind of mom that over commits? To everything? That's me for sure! I always think I can do so much more in a day that is actually humanly possible. Some days, I do achieve my over achieving goals, other days, I don't even get close. As we wind down our week at a condo that we rented, as we finish our home that has been extensively remodeled to accommodate all of my daughters allergies, I realized all of the things that I told her we were going to do before we checked out of this seasonal rental. Many of them were outdoor activities, but we have had some seasonally cold temps and lots of rain. That's ok I tell myself, we will fit them in. Well that is exactly what I am trying to do. One of the things I told her I would do was take her to play tennis at the tennis courts in the park behind our condo. I thought, easy enough, so we packed up our tennis balls and her racquet and walked to the courts. We got there and I realized it was an actual "tennis center" that was maintained by the city. I told her as we walked up that I thought we would have to pay to play and I didn't bring my wallet because I was unaware of the size of the complex. Boy, was she disappointed. She muttered something about me not bringing my wallet. I apologized, because I really didn't know. I said let's go in anyway and see what is what. We walked to the front desk and I made small talk with the women at the front counter about the center and that I didn't realize that this was even here. She asked if I was a resident of the city, (and I am), so I told her that I was. We talked about lessons and the like. I then told her I didn't realize I would have to pay and if it would be ok to go out for a bit and hit a few balls around. She said yes and directed us to the racquetball court area where we wouldn't have to do so much running after balls. I didn't even have a racquet with me, (this was more about doing an activity that my daughter is interested in). Well...we had a ball (no pun intended)! She hit the ball quite well and even let me teach her a thing or two. She picked it up rather well. After we were done, she was tired. She had so much fun and even decided she would like to take lessons one day. It was a smashing success! What I learned: try not to over commit yourself to your kids, if you do...follow through and do what you say your going to do, make the time to take the time, try new things with your kids, be proactive in their learning about new sports and open new doors for them, teach them how to get around discouraging situations (like not having the money to get in) and sometimes, there is a way to make things work. What we shared: quality time, learning a new sport, patience in trying - even if you don't get it right the first time and trust because I followed through and did what I said I would do.
Tennis Anyone? Dyan