Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Zeke's in soccer!

Zeke is in soccer! He loves it! Here are some fun action pics of him.

Zeke is on the team with his friend Max.
He LOVES his cool soccer shoes!

He thinks it's pretty funny when he falls down and checks to make sure I saw him.
His favorite color is green, lucky that's their team's color.
They play 4 on 4, no positions and no goalie yet.
Their team is pretty good! Here's another cool action shot!
Go Green Dragons!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Zeke in T-Ball!

Ok, so t-ball is over, but I'm playing catch-up here. Zeke was in t-ball and absolutely loved it!!! He was pretty good at it, too. The kid can really throw a ball and get it to go right where he wants it to go. He can definitely throw it better than me, but that's not saying much. He had a blast and his coaches were awesome. They were the "Bees" and had a way cute logo on their t-shirts and ball caps. Here are a few shots...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tip of the Day

Yes, I am still alive! I know I haven't posted in a while, and I have a lot of catching up to do, but I read something this morning that I really liked so I have to share. I subscribe to an email "Tip of the Day" from Screamfree Parenting and that's where I found this. I'm just going to copy and paste...

Quote of the Day: "You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. "
— Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile 1762

Hal's Take:
For a child, doing nothing is often much more valuable than doing something. They learn to entertain themselves, to find joy in simplicity, to problem solve, to be content. So, why is it that we spend our energy either pushing our children towards adulthood or holding them back from it?

These are two very dangerous extremes and the worst part is, many of us fluctuate between them! On one hand, we push our kids when we structure their every activity and send them for SAT tutoring before they even get into high school. Then we shake our heads when they seem to lack joy and have trouble maintaining relationships in adulthood. On the other hand, we hold them back when we overprotect them, intervene for them, and problem solve on their behalf. Then we complain when they are immature adults who don’t seem to have initiative or drive. In both cases, we overmanage our kids because of our own anxiety.

One of the best ways to truly prepare your child for a successful adulthood is to neither overprotect nor rush their childhood. Relax and teach them to live in the moment. That is a skill that very few of their peers will possess and you’ll be amazed at how they will flourish because of it.
-Hal Runkel, LMFT, author of ScreamFree Parenting:Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool.