Monday 16 March 2015

Keeping at it

Ads recently won the runner-up prize in a Junior League tournament conducted by his tennis academy. He was thrilled and so were we, more so because it has taken us 4 years of almost continuous tennis lessons to come to this point. While the prize in itself is not a major thing, it does signal his tremendous progress both physically and mentally. From a kid who has always lagged behind his peers in the gross motor skills area and who lacked the confidence to compete, to a kid who now plays tennis and cricket with equal aplomb. From someone who hated sport to someone who enjoys a couple of sports (yes we are a long way away from being sporty and we are very opinionated, it is enough that a couple of games are approved!). From being nonathletic to running, throwing, catching and swinging better.
I am glad we kept at it because heaven knows I have wanted to throw in the towel many many times. As his tennis improved, his cricket skills picked up and now the cricket helps his tennis. Between chess, tennis and now an upcoming intensive cricket summer camp, we will have no time or energy to focus on that important life-skill, swimming.
I am looking forward to the stamina improving over the summer. I also hope he gets better at handling his frustration and getting over the small losses and disappointments which bother him so much. Most importantly, he will learn that to play any sport even reasonably well requires enormous grit, patience and strength.
Baby steps. Have I said this before????!!!! 


  1. Wao. He will be there soon, Baby steps will take him far!

  2. Aparna, Rishabh is the same. He cannot be bothered by the rules of any outdoor sport and needless to add that he's not a natural either. I do worry about it sometimes but you give me hope. Great to know about Ad's progress. Wishing him (and you) more success.

    1. Uma, I used to be in the same state. Now I've realized that you just have to keep trying and gently force if you have to, but without pressure. Some kids need that. I used to think Ads was very artistic and bookish, but he is just the opposite now!


I would love to hear your thoughts :)