This post is all about football. And Isaac. And Isaac playing football.
Monday was the start of tackle football season around here. Isaac had his first practice Monday evening. Let's just say, the first practice didn't go quite as we had hoped. Isaac was just not in the right frame of mind for it - he was worried about the new sport, the new kids, the new coach, the new equipment... new new new! Isaac and new just don't get along very well.
So, he did the only thing he knew to do, and he bucked all through practice. He wouldn't look at the coaches, he wouldn't do the drills, heck he wouldn't even take the football from his teammate when it was handed to him. Uggh! It was not one of our proudest parenting moments. It was more like the parenting moment when you want to dig a hole and hide in it.
But we made it through. He made it through. And boy did he get an attitude adjustment at the end of practice. We both talked to him in no uncertain terms. Then I gave him a choice: 1) go right over to the coaches & appologize, or 2) next practice you practice like a rock star. He opted for 'practice like a rock star.'
Tuesday afternoon, Lucas worked with Isaac. He used chess pieced to explain the positions and the gaps to him. He went out in the yard and helped him with his stance, and then they ran passing drills until Isaac felt comfortable. Believe it or not, by the end of their Tuesday time, Isaac was laughing and smiling and having a great time! He WANTED to play football. Yay for attitude change!!
When Wednesday practice rolled around, he held true to his word and he practiced like a rock star. He listened. He learned. He did what he was asked. He even volunteered to run the football. Way sweet! And he was so excited to tell me about it afterwards. When he was recounting how he ran and got a first down, he was talking 90-miles-a-minute with a big smile on his face. Made me smile too!
I really don't care if he plays football or not. It's not for everyone, and I want him to do what he likes and enjoys. What I do care about is his attitude and his happiness. I like a happy kid. And this kid is happy now.
Doesn't he look all grown up in his get-up?
Oh, and this is his fundraiser for this year... they are selling these cups. In sets of four. They're 18 oz cups, dishwasher safe, and very cool! $15 for four cups... not a bad price really. There are all MLB and NFL teams, and 90 colleges. If you're interested, buzz me, drop me an email, or leave a comment, and I'll get them ordered for you.