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Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Thursday, 10 July 2014
Am I the only one watching the World Cup and blushing?

Oh I get excited as anyone when a GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL is scored but then I have no choice but to turn away as the players celebrate because what ensues is downright excessive.

The emotions are heightened and egos blazing but is it really necessary for adult men to be so loved-up in public each time the ball goes into the net? If they weren’t on a field they’d be arrested for indecent behaviour (if such a law exists). And if it really is so absolutely necessary, why can’t they wait til the match is over? Where is the decorum, the style?

I’m blaming the sports psychologists for the constant high-fiving and grandiose behaviour with every goal or point scored in table tennis and volley ball, and the over-zealous parents on the basketball sidelines. It seems more time is spent revelling than playing and sadly I see it all too often at the playground as children mirror the behaviour of their adult heroes.

Sometimes I wonder why this obsession for winning is paramount rather than the enjoyment and the sense of participation. Playing games and sports is so much more than the final result.

A sense of achievement does not only mean being first as a child learns and develops skills. It’s the effort, focus, team membership, learning from mistakes and failure (and yes, even the lessons from winning), building character, and laughter we should be encouraging.

A trophy or medal eventually loses its sheen whilst a memory of fun and sharing an experience with friends is more beneficial to a happy child.

So let’s demonstrate a little class when we support them and make time for a debrief to acknowledge their effort and fun. And if you must, MUST indulge your inner champion, remember that a little style goes a long way.

Snail fail

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Small bounded out of Bug Club (an after-school club, I kid you not) on Friday clutching a snail and a leaf in a plastic container.

‘A pet at last!’ he couldn’t wait to exclaim.  ‘I’m going to train and coach it and it’s going to become the fastest snail in the world!’

While my head was busy blaming the World Cup competitively, a pang of guilt shot through my stomach.  You see, Small has been pleading for a pet for months.  But I have zero inclination to add more creatures to our home and seeing as it would most definitely fall in my remit, the decision is final.

However, the snail came home for the weekend. Small spent hours bent over this coiled shell.  He even read a bug book in an attempt to try to work out just how rare it could be.  Until Sunday morning… He and I were making our best attempt at a lie-in when we were informed (rather hysterically) that the snail was DEAD.  Or at least ‘faking his death’.  Small immediately turned to Google:  what to do if snail will not come out of shell he punched into his equivalent of NHS Direct.

Later that afternoon he was already hunting for a replacement snail in our garden.  The boys in his bug team (who were due to take the snail home next) would never know the difference… apparently.

At Life of Yablon HQ, I’ve used the whole episode to illustrate my very valid point.  If we failed at a snail, it doesn’t bode well for a dog, cat, parrot, guinea pig, tortoise and all the other animals on Small’s wish list.


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