Encouraging your child’s Passion

As a parent you want to encourage your child’s passion. As they learn and grown, their interests and talents begin change, we need to foster their natural abilities. Our children have been given a gift and we should try our best to encourage and support them. Our child’s hobbies and interests can set the course for what they will later do in life.

Attempting to guide our children into a specific area of interest, could do more harm than good. Children need time to find their own passion and flourish; to explore without pressure or limits.

My partner and I both have hobbies and interests, this is a good way of setting an example to the children. By showing them that we too are involved in activities that we enjoy doing.

Encourage your child to try different things, explore different areas, try new sports – open the door for your children to new experiences and opportunities. If your child is never exposed to a new experience then how will they know that it will make them happy and what sparks their interest. It will help to build up their confidence and develop lifelong skills

My older two boys have followed in their Fathers footsteps and taken up running. All three of my boys have been introduced to the sport and all three enjoy doing it. At first it was a way for their dad to find a common ground with the boys; a way to reconnect with them as they became older. But now, they run side by side at the training ground, in races and over the park. Sometimes they may run in silence, others they a may chat about their day or how their training regime is going. Something that started as a hobby for their dad has now become their hobby. Both boys have joined a running club and compete not only for the club, school and borough but have also competed for their County. They have found that they have a natural talent for running and have learned that the more effort they put in the better they become.

Running together

The youngest boy, although loves to run, has taken a different path with his hobby. Football. He loves to play football. Now, no one in the family are followers of football so this is a sport that he has taken up completely by himself. He came home from school one day and asked if he could play football over the park. My son has a deep love for playing Football but not really in watching it, he is not a supporter as such. I remember as a baby, he loved to watch ball sport on TV, he would become enthralled with what he watching. At times it was the only way to keep him quiet – put him in front of a sport on TV and he would calm down and just watch it.

Because our boys have taken different sport paths, it means that Dad and I both have to put in the time to take them to training. Dad, obviously, takes the older two to running and races and I take the youngest to his Football training. We both like to attend the races and matches together as a family, I think this is important as it just shows how much we all support each other.

Through my sons love of Football and taking him over to the park every Saturday morning for training I have also started to play walking football with Westham Foundation. I absolutely love it – it’s keeping me fit and I am still there on the same field watching my son play.

We have noticed that the youngest boy has shown some natural talent in Football so we took him along to a soccer school run by Westham Foundation. After a few weeks he was asked to come along and train with their advanced development squad. So, he now trains with them on a Thursday as well as his training with his club. This is his choice of commitment, given the chance i think he would train every day.

Playing football

They have all shown to have natural talents in sport and I think this is because they have grown up in an active family; they have watched their Dad compete in races and have wanted to do the same. They not only participate in sports but also attend drama lessons, debate clubs and are members of an acting agency.

I will continue to support their choices and will offer guidance when needed.

What way do you encourage your child’s passion?

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Colleen Rooney Launches McDonalds Football Mum of The Year Award

Mum-of-two and wife of England striker calls for nominations recognising hardworking football mums

 

Coleen Rooney, mum to two football-mad sons and wife of one of England’s most prolific strikers, is calling for people across the UK to nominate a deserving ‘football mum’ in their lives who goes beyond the call of duty so that children can experience the joy of playing football, week-in week-out.

The McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award will recognise mums who put in countless unpaid hours of hard work, so that their children and their friends can enjoy playing football. From time consuming tasks such as running kids to training and matches that can be hours away and managing their team kits, to helping run their child’s local team, or even starting a local team simply so their children and their friends can play; the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge their selflessness.

McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year ambassador, Coleen Rooney, said: “I’m so excited about this award. I live in a football-mad house and know how much goes into just getting the kids to training and making the time to watch them play every week, so I can only imagine the amazing nominations we’re going to receive for this. Dads tend to get the credit a lot of the time for coaching teams or teaching their kids how to play, so this award will give people a chance to shout about the hard work mums do on and off the pitch.”

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“I’ve watched the training today and picked up a few tips and drills that I can do with the boys at home. Wayne does a brilliant job teaching the kids to play football, however he’s not always at home, so it’s a great way for me to bond with them as well. I love having a kick about with the boys in the garden. I think I do a pretty good job!”

England and Arsenal Ladies player and mum-of-twins, Casey Stoney, is also supporting the awards and will sit on the judging panel alongside representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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McDonald’s Head of Women and Girls Football, Casey Stoney, said: “I started my career at the grassroots of football, and as a new mum I can already see how important this award is from both sides of the fence. There are so many mums who help to run their child’s club or volunteer at the clubhouse to help raise funds so the kids can play. It’s so important to recognise them when you consider that they’re also often juggling childcare and work on top. I cannot wait to have a kick about with the twins in a few years!”

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Coleen Rooney will present the Football Mum of the Year Award to the winner at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 2nd August.

Nominations for the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award are now open and will close on 19th June 2015. To nominate a mum you know go to mcdonalds.co.uk/mumoftheyear.
The Football Mum of the Year Award will be judged by a panel of McDonald’s and Football Association representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, led by McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player, Casey Stoney

The panel includes:

  • Casey Stoney – McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player
  • Ashley Hutton – Northern Ireland Ladies captain
  • Helen Ward – Wales and Reading FC Ladies player
  • Zoe Wishman –Senior Marketing Manager at The FA
  • Kate Walker – McDonald’s Franchisee, Scotland

Being a football Mum isn’t easy! I should know I have been there. Juggling taking my son to football but also keeping his two younger brothers entertained during training and matches. When my eldest was younger he joined a team at the age 5, and he played for that team until he was 9. Every week I took him to local park on a Tuesday after school and a Saturday morning for training and on the Sunday we drove to the matches. I watched and cheered him and the team on from the sideline every week. I collected the subs from Parent every week and I helped organise events to raise money for the boy’s team. It was tiring, but the look on my sons face when he was running with the ball was enough for me to carry on with the busy weekends. My son stopped playing football with the team because his confidence fell, but he is now 12 years old and playing for his senior school team.

Good Luck to all that enter, you all deserve a medal for the commitment 🙂

I have received no payment for sharing this post. I was invited along to an event to promote the FOTY nominations 

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Boys will be boys

What have I got to look forward to?

I had a taster of my years to come of having three boys this past week.

The arguments and fights have started, my two eldest argue over everything. Jak will say the sky is blue, Joseph will say it’s black just to annoy his elder brother and then they shout at each other and although Joseph is wrong he is so confident with his self that he will even argue with me.
If I have this with two boys what’s it going to be like when Oliver starts talking! Oh I can’t wait.

My house is so male orientated there is not a touch of pink or anything girly unless you open up my wardrobe.
There are gadgets, spud guns, cars, football, stuff, boxing stuff,lego and BLUE everywhere I look.

If i want to have some tv time I have to succumb to watching James Bond films, with explosions, fighting, spy gear and women in their underwear lol instead I’d like watch a really good chick flick, anything that’s girly really or anything with Cameron Dias in it.

When I go shopping I seem to be the only parent in the shopping centre whose boys feel the need to chase after each other, hide amongst the window display and fight on the floor. The worst thing that they do is run and slide down the aisles (sometimes might I add banging into other shoppers feet).
Don’t get me wrong my boys are good they are not little terrors and do do what they are told but they are just behaving like boys.
I don’t know how I am going to cope being the only female in the house, I need a little sanctuary, a little haven, somewhere where I can have a little me time, where I can have pink flowery frilly things without having to hear ‘urgh that’s girly’ lol.

I’ll never get to have a girly night with them….
I’ll never get to talk to them about make-up….
I’ll never get to pinch their clothes when they are older…..
I’ll never get to plait their hair…..
I’ll never get to watch their dainty little lyrical dances with there dance group….
I’ll never get to buy lovely little dresses….
What I do get is to watch football in the wind, rain and freezing cold weather…
I get to buy trackies and jeans…..
I get to buy cars and boxing gloves….
I get to watch them in a boxing match….
I get to sit in the middle of a nerf war and have darts shot at my head…..
I don’t have to brush their hair. A bit of gel and off they go….
I get to buy them lots of hats…

What’s best about having three boys is that they are very loving towards me and are all mummy’s boys. I know when they grow up they will look after me just like my brothers do with my mum (well at least I hope they do).
After putting up with their fighting and arguing I know they will be close and be best friends and look out for each other because it is what I will teach them to do.
My boys are caring and sensitive and always have a smile on their faces, even my baby Oliver.
So I’m lucky to have my three boys and I’m glad they are who they are and I will put up with their fighting because boys will be boys.

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