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What to do about a child who says he wants to stay in sports but doesn't take them seriously?
Our latest delimina is with soccer. Our boy isn't nearly as coordinated or fast as many others. He is a great, and very bright, kid but really just likes to mess around rather than do anything structured. We've had him playing soccer since he was four. Up till now it hasn't been a problem as many kids were in the same boat.
The problem is the teams are getting more serious now. Practices are starting to try and really teach the game and skills but he just isn't into it. In the games he often is watching what is happening off the field instead of on. Many times he also distracts other kids from paying attention to the game.
When asked he always says he wants to keep playing but half the time we have to fight with him to get him to practice. We've tried to tell him that if he doesn't pay attention and show some desire to play then he isn't going to be able to sign up next season. He still says he wants to.
So, what do we do. I don't care about him being any great player but how do I motivate him to pay attention and get excited about the game. Should we just take a break from soccer and try something less structured? I guess I'm most worried about his self-esteem because I can already see other kids ignoring him because he isn't very good and I'm also worried about him distracting others from what they should be doing. I don't want him to be the kid that nobody wants on their team.
I hope I don't come across as some sports crazed parent. I'm far from it. I'm just looking for something that my boy will like that will keep him active and happy.