Tuesday, June 07, 2005

I Don't Want To

I signed Bayley up for a multi-sport camp designed for 3 & 4 year-olds so he could make some friends and learn which sports are for him. But he's not interested.

He gets excited to go. But once we are there and the other kids start to show up, he's done.

Last week was basketball. We got there early, Grandma Bobbie in tow so there was somone to play with him and someone to keep Hayden out of trouble. We played at the park until we noticed the teachers dragging balls over to where the hoops had been lowered to child level.

Bayley was excited, running over and picking out a basketball. Shooting at the hoop, which was so low he could dunk. Then the other kids arrived and all he wanted to do was sit on the bench. He sat and watched until the teacher huddled them up to learn how to dribble and I shoved him into the fray.

He did great, except he refused to dribble. When the kids broke off to practice their "spider hands" Bayley sat with me on the bench. The next step was bounce passing. He does this all the time on the sidewalk at home, but not here. Then there came dribbling and shooting. The kids were supposed to shoot at all the baskets in turn. Again, not for Bayley.

So we left early. I made him say goodbye to the teacher, but was starting to feel odd making him sit there and watch the other kids when it was so obvious it made him uncomfortable.

This week Daddy gets a crack at it. We'll see if he does any better motivating Bayley to participate.

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