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Do all kids need a special “thing” they are good at? — FranklyStein

MagTriBlgThe importance of that one thing

So why, as parents, do we feel the need to find a “thing” for our kids?

I want my kids to be active and busy, and I want them to try different things, but is it really necessary for them to excel at one particular thing? Sometimes I feel pressure to get them extra help, extra coaching, so they have that extra edge, but to what end? It’s highly unlikely that they are going to get a high school lacrosse scholarship or end up swimming in the Olympics one day. I don’t even want them to play sports in college because it’s too much pressure and it takes too much time away from what really matters — school.

So I just keep reminding myself that if they are having fun, then they’ve found their thing no matter how good they are at it.

If you are on that quest to find your child’s special thing, there are plenty of options out there. It doesn’t have to be the thing everyone else is doing. Check out our story on kids who play unusual sports. One mom in the story says they have discovered their child’s thing is archery. Maybe yours is too!



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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 8.



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