Mother’s Day, and I am going to the local AA baseball game with my 2 kids. When I was pregnant and found out I was having a boy, I thought “Oh no, I’ll have to go to baseball, football, and soccer games in the cold!” We lived in Pittsburgh then, so you can see why I was worried. Then I ended up with a son who had no interest or ability in sports. Then one summer, he discovered computer versions of several sports – Backyard Baseball, Backyard Football, Backyard Soccer, and Backyard Basketball. He could make up teams with “little kid” versions of famous sports stars – Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, etc. He then played “tournaments” on the computer. When the summer was over, he knew how the games were played, all the rules, and all the scoring. He still had no interest in sports, but when they played the games in PE, he was the perfect umpire! He knew the rules, and applied them evenly (because he has Asperger Syndrome). He can have a good conversation about the sports with people, and they have no idea he never watches or plays the games.
What’s the point? One, these kids can learn anything on a computer. Two, just signing them up for a sport usually backfires. They can learn the game on the computer. Then you can work on the skills needed separately. Then they may be more able and interested in actually playing the game. If not, they can always be the umpire or referee. Happy Mother’s Day, and PLAY BALL!
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