My 10-year-old son is a sports fanatic. And it’s not just about playing every sport; it’s also about watching sports. In fact, I think he is watching a replay of the 2015 Men’s Curling World Championship as I write this.
His first love is baseball, but he has played organized soccer, paddle tennis, basketball, flag football and lacrosse, and he just wrapped up his first swim season.
But it’s become increasingly popular to specialize in a sport. Even at 10 years old.
He’s on a baseball team that plays 10 months out of the year. He’s been asked to join the year-round local swim team. And he’s also contemplated joining the traveling soccer team that plays nearly 12 months a year.
In my opinion, it’s way too early to specialize in anything, in part because I think it’s way too early in a kid’s life to decide what sport you love and want to spend all of your waking hours committed to.
(It’s kind of like asking 18-year-olds what they want to major in at college and spend the rest of their lives doing … but I digress.)
But I also think that it’s a detriment to a child’s growth not to be able to …read more