Is your child the next Tiger Woods (athletically speaking, of course), the next Beyonce, the next Michael Phelps, the next Yo Yo Ma? Let’s be honest… most parents see something special when they look at their own children.
But how do you know….REALLY KNOW…. when your child has an extraordinary talent — specifically, an Olympic sized one? Maybe a coach or teacher has approached you, confirming the thoughts you’ve had swimming in your head. But what do you do about it and at what age?
Family legend in our house says my parents left it up to me. While swimming with a coach at 7 years old, that coach apparently told my parents he saw some Olympic potential and asked if he could start training me. My parents told him to tell me (the 7 year old) what I would have to do — how many practices a week and for how many hours, and then ask if I wanted to do it.
I said no.
That’s one way to handle it. Because seeing potential in your child and actually doing something about it are two different things. The DOING requires sacrifice — for everyone. For your child, it means less time with friends, fewer recreational activities and the ability to focus. For you, it is lots of driving to practices and many, many events.
How do you know WHEN is the age to begin the push, and how much do you rely on your child’s desire for guidance?
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