Fun Playing Sports
Many people may think that Ian had devoted all his time to playing one sport. That is not the case. As a father of three boys and as a former athlete, I wanted my boys to live their childhood without any pressure on what to do to entertain themselves, but I did want them to use their time and youth in a productive way.
They were given choices of what to do with their time with the only purpose of allowing them to do something that brought them happiness. Between the ages of 6 and 9, they played basketball, baseball, football, soccer, judo, piano, saxophone and paining classes, chorus, etc. They had a lot of time and energy and we let them choose whatever they wanted to participate in.
During this stage they not only achieved happiness, but they learned to be part of a team, they learned to follow instructions, be responsible, to be respectful and to play well with others. They made friends, they were part of a team, they learned to play along and respect other boys and girls, they learned to be aware and help those with disabilities and they accepted and treated all kids equally. I call this stage the recreational-formation years.