Challenges are very important to us in life. They are a great measure of what we can do for ourselves or as a team. By it’s very nature a challenge should be something we don’t know we can achieve – otherwise is it a challenge??
I’ve been watching Eddie Izzard’s amazing 27 marathons in 27 days challenge. I’ve done this partly as I am preparing to do a marathon at the end of May. It’s given me a mild obsession with other peoples experiences so I can learn what to expect as I plod into the unknown abyss of 26+ miles.
But the thing is, it’s a challenge, I don’t know I can do it, Eddie Izzard didn’t know he could do it and so it applies to kids, probably more frequently and on varying scales but life holds many challenges when you’re little.
As parents we can judge if our child will achieve it; it being using a spoon, a cup, doing a throw, making a catch or a movement skill. I wonder sometimes though if us adults with our knowledge of failure – it’s pretty rubbish, I’ll be heartbroken if I don’t make it to the end of my marathon – stop our children from trying and learning because we want them to avoid the disappointment of failure.
Catch-a-balls is all about learning new skills and with that comes new and exciting challenges. Children and adults will learn by every mistake and will make small adaptions every time in order to make progress and understand the skill. We have broken all our skills down into child sized pieces but not all of them can be achieved at first attempt, everyone needs to practice and go on a little voyage of discovery. Some children will practice more at home due to having siblings to play with, a dog or parents on hand to throw and catch with. Many children use lesson time as their practice time. But through the practice they get closer to their challenge goal.
Additionally, we may not like this aspect so much, but we do learn how to deal with failure, it gives you the courage to get up and try again.
At Catch-a-balls all the coaches love watching the children progress in classes, the pleasure it gives the children and the parents when another small throw or catch is achieved, it’s a great success every time!! It’s a journey and we are privileged to travel with so many children.
So don’t avoid challenges cos you don’t know if you can do it – that’s what a challenge is, and it most likely won’t be achieved first time!