Everyday life can be frustrating. Your first grader forgot his lunch (again) so you hop in the car to deliver it. On the way, you answer a phone call from work, but your cell phone drops dead while your boss is talking. At times like these, it feels like every little annoyance is another big disaster.
It’s easy to see who the stars are – in a play, on the ball field and even in the classroom. Kids can identify with what makes those people important to the show or team. Yet we know that most of those wouldn’t have achieved their success without the aid of others. Of course, that’s a pretty heady concept. But accepting a lesser position in support of a larger undertaking is a life skill kids can, and should, learn. And most likely it’s a skill they’ll have to practice soon.
If you are parenting a behaviorally-challenged child – one who is highly inflexible, defiant and in trouble much of the time – then you may be all too familiar with the confusion, anger, guilt and shame that go with the territory. Challenging kids make life significantly more difficult for their families, teachers and others with whom they interact.
Think the arts are frivolous, impractical and over-priced? Then why not watch the film, Billy Elliot, and discuss it with your spouse afterward. Ask yourself whether your biases toward the arts prevent your children from pursuing hopes and dreams that could bring more satisfaction and joy into their lives.
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