Monday, April 30, 2012

Learning When To Back Off

     Watching my little boys play soccer this year has been a fun yet, at times, excruciating experience.  It is so difficult not to become an overzealous parent coach from the sidelines when I see something not being done right.  I want to just yell and instruct from the sidelines, yet I know I should back off and let them just have fun.  It is really enjoyable to watch them get into the game and go after the ball.  They are both the smallest player on the field, so I must also take that into account.  It is a great time out for them and me and a time of bonding.  When they are finished, I try to emphasize that I just want them to have fun with what they are doing.  I really do not care whether or not they win or lose, but I do want them to be wholehearted in their effort and to enjoy themselves while doing it.  The one thing I want to avoid at all costs is for them to think they have to play the game to please me.  To avoid that I must learn when to back off.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Child's Dream

     Disneyland is a fantastic place to fulfill the dreams of one's children.  Growing up, I had heard about Disneyland but never had the opportunity of visiting.  I had always dreamed of going there, but it was not to be.  However, it is my hope and desire to take my children to Disneyland someday.  I know that my boys would have a fantastic time there.  Having observed their enjoyment of a number of the Magic Kingdom characters, I can only imagine the sparkling eyes and peals of excited laughter as they would make the rounds of the park.  Certainly, it would be worth the cost to take them there.  My dream is to take them camping across the United States with a destination of Disneyland where we would spend a number of days visiting.

     The biggest obstacle, of course, is the time it would take and the cost; however, I have found Disneyland tickets online for a very reasonable cost.  It is also possible to purchase a package ticket called "hopper tickets" that allow one to travel from park to park providing one with an even better deal.  Great deals can be found on packages varying in length from one day to two weeks.  Imagine the excitement of your family upon hearing the announcement that you will be traveling to California to visit Micky Mouse in Disneyland!
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