Joey, my youngest son, isn’t the most sociable kid you’ll meet, but he is sweet, smart and super creative. With that said, I have some mixed feelings over what Rob and I put him through today 😐. We sort of dragged him out to an organized baseball practice with other kids his age. Don’t judge us.
We think it would be a great idea for Joseph to participate in organized sports and/or clubs outside of school and decided to give baseball a try today. Well, let’s just say, things did not go well. I can’t say that I’m completely shocked that he became withdrawn, cried and ultimately refused to participate, but I do feel unsure of our next move as supportive parents. Could it be that he’s just disinterested in sports? Or, do I have a future hermit on my hands?!
As an introvert, I cringe that I feel his participation in clubs and teams is necessary, but I can’t help it. I want him to break out of his shell. These thoughts fascinate me especially since I wouldn’t call my own exterior a shell, so why would I call my son’s a shell? We are so alike; yet, I’m not sure how to handle his social interactions and wish he would be less like me. Selfish, I know. Tips? Help.
Anyway, I’m on the hunt for activities and programs that will interest him. I thought of signing him up for the gardening program at the botanical garden, but I’m hesitant to spend a little under $200 for an 8 week program since I have no idea how he’ll respond.
I thought I’d share a picture of Joseph at practice earlier today. Yikes! Do you see that beautiful little miserable face?
Pizza then helped him turn that frown upside down.