I’m not a very sporty person but sports day was always something to look forward to when I was in school. Whether I was participating in an event or just watching and cheering my friends from the sidelines, it was always fun. And now, sports day is back again in my life and more exciting than ever. This time, I am watching and cheering from the sidelines for my own daughter. Wow. Where did the time go?
“Win or lose it’s okay. What’s important is to give your best and have fun.” – This Scribbler Mum
It’s a beautiful, sunny morning. All of us woke up early, looking forward to our first born’s sports day.
I could see her excitement as she ran across the field to her teachers and classmates as soon as we arrived. She would enthusiastically give us waves every now and then, to let us know that she could see us – and also, to make sure that we could see her! To me as a mum, it is a wonderful feeling.
The day started with a fun warm up for the kids with run-stop-run-jump-run.
The first event was sprint followed by an obstacle race, relay race, skills race, sack race, potato and spoon race and finally hoop game and cool down.
These may sound very simple but to think that the kids who did all these are three and four year olds is quite amazing. It was very impressive how the teachers got everything so well organised and how the children were so well behaved, participated and knew what they had to do and had fun all at the same time.
Watching everything that was happening at sports day, it was easy to see why this kind of activity is good and beneficial for kids if done right. It teaches them physical skills like running, jumping, balance, etc. It teaches them to follow instructions and complete tasks. It teaches camaraderie and team work. It teaches competitiveness and sportsmanship.
As I thought about this, I also realized that as a parent watching from the sidelines, sports day was also teaching me something. By seeing how my child participated in every activity, it taught me that my child is doing well and thriving. With the proper and constant support that she needs guiding her, she is able to take on obstacles and finish them. She is growing up and someday soon, she is going to be ready to take on the world.
It is kind of a bittersweet feeling. Being a parent I have become a constant worrier and is always on alert to make sure my children are protected. But today has been a good reminder that just like how I am now able to handle life, as my kids grow up, they will learn to do the same with the proper guidance.
In my daughter’s first sports day, there were many different events and everybody did their best. Because of all the kids’ great effort, they all received a medal and everyone of them was a winner.
Just like in life, one of the golden rules that I live by and try to teach my kids is that no matter what challenges there may be, being a winner or a loser is not as important as always doing your best and being happy. By always giving your best, there won’t be regrets and not having regrets leads to happiness… that’s what makes you a winner.
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