When it comes to daydreaming about what my little girl’s hobbies and passions will be, I can’t help but imagine her playing sports. It’s how I grew up, and some of my favorite childhood memories come from the t-ball field, the soccer field, the basketball court in a neighbor’s driveway, the softball field, the volleyball court (for like two seconds), and the lacrosse field in high school. Sports were naturally a big part of how my time was spent, and I wouldn’t trade all the practices and games for anything. My parents always let me try whatever I wanted, and encouraged me to always try my hardest, stick with it, and enjoy it. They took time out of their weekends to make sure I made it to all my games and they were always my biggest fans! I’m not even sure I could count on one hand the number of games my parents missed because they missed so few.
I have always wondered whether or not my own children would take after my love of athletics, or whether they would be completely opposite and be more inclined to venture into dance or cheerleading. (Not that those aren’t athletics or sports, but for the sake of this post, they’re simply in a different category) I was never the girliest-girly girl, so things like dance and cheerleading simply never appealed to me. I also grew up with a brother 5 years older than me, so I’ve always thought that played a role in my developing interests. Who wouldn’t want to keep up with their big brother?
I keep thinking about what Adeline will like, and which way she’ll lean. Will she prefer being rough and tumble, or will she ask us to take ballet? (Not that ballet dancers aren’t rough and tumble in their own right!) Maybe she’ll be a mix and enjoy several different sports and activities. I would like to expose her to a wide variety of things, and let her decide on her own what makes her the happiest. She may not even want to do anything like I did, and instead maybe she’ll be a champion curler, a bomb diggity bowler, or a quirky quiz bowl kid.
Sports were such a big part of growing up, that I can’t imagine having not played them. Sports teach so many valuable lessons that I can’t even begin to list them all. I don’t think I would be as goal-oriented and disciplined if it weren’t for my time playing sports. I mean maybe, but I do think participating in organized activities as a child provides a solid foundation for future personality traits and habits.
In a dream world, Adeline will be a fantastic soccer player, an elite track runner, and an all-american lacrosse player. We have big dreams for our sweet chubby prodigy.
I’m just kidding, ya’ll. I don’t ever want her to feel like I’m pressuring her to play or do something she doesn’t want to do, or that she’s playing only to please us or someone else. I want her to play a sport (if she even likes sports, which she may not) that she has a passion for, that she can put her all into, and most importantly, that she has fun with. I want her to know that her worth, is not reflected by her success in a sport, or whether or not she makes JV or Varsity. I want her to know that if she starts something, she should give it her best effort before she thinks about quitting. I want her to know that sports aren’t everything, and they should never become an idol. I want her to know that good sportsmanship matters more than if you win or lose. I want her to know that it’s ok to cry after a tough loss, but it’s not okay to boast in arrogance after a big win. I want her to know that playing sports will be some of her favorite memories one day. I want her to know that we will always be proud of her, no matter what.
When I put the new New Balance 990v4 sneaker on Adeline, I couldn’t help but be so excited for the future. It just made my heart so happy! I literally can’t even describe how cute I think she looks in these tiny baby running shoes.
I mean really, HOW CUTE ARE THEY?!!!!!
I’ve had a hard time finding “workout” gear for Adeline to rock in the stroller with me, but these New Balance shoes and a sweet little Puma outfit from Amazon have hit the nail on the head! The shoes are an Infant size 2, and they slide on perfectly. I was surprised by how much she likes wearing them, and glad she didn’t hate them!
I’m dying. I’m literally dying. I just can’t even.
Anyways, no matter what hobbies Adeline takes up, I will always be her biggest supporter. I’ll make sure she has the proper shoes, a matching headband, and a snack in the car for the ride home.
What sports do/did your little ones play? When did you introduce them to sports or organized activities? Did you start them in something they asked for or put them in something to try first? Did you play sports growing up?
*A huge thank you to New Balance for gifting Adeline her first pair of running sneaks! We so enjoyed playing in them, and dreaming big! I was not compensated for this post.