Coaching 2 teams this year has really underscored how different my kids are from each other and has proven to be quite a parenting feat. To break them down a little bit (in terms of soccer, at least):
Julian -- Loves the competition and is very enthusiastic (probably more enthusiastic telling and re-telling stories of his game time exploits). Still a little nervous about fully engaging for fear of contact;
Caleb -- Has really been a struggle to kindle much enthusiasm for the game. He does love being part of a team (cheers, joking with other kids) but could take or leave the game itself;
Jack -- 4 years of trying to keep up with his brothers has really made him a pretty great player. He had 4 goals on Saturday before I asked him to help other kids score (where he had 3 or 4 more assists). Very laid back in terms of personal stats and loved helping the other kids score as much as scoring himself.
Christian -- Definitely my most aggressive kid. Sometimes goes after the kid rather than the ball. Loves the competition and loves to promote his accomplishments (he had 3 goals on Saturday and held up a finger after each goal to indicate just how many points he was racking up).
I wish that I could say in this post that I've mastered the intricate workings of each of my kids' minds, but such is not the case. My efforts are just as likely to blow up in my face as yield the desired result. That said, I'm crazy about each of them and grateful for the opportunity to be their dad. Soccer has been a good opportunity to really work with them and I'm grateful for that.
I don't usually take time here to shill for my work related projects, but I'm very partial to this film. I have had a pretty active role in helping to acquire this project out of Sundance (the first time my Utah contacts have actually given me a competitive advantage as we were able to see the film the night before almost all the other companies). Its in limited release in New York right now, but will be expanding to multiple markets over the coming weeks. I can totally recommend this one without reservation.
I really liked this one and I just had to share it with you all!!!
"Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard. It rejects the self-absorbed life in favor of developing character worthy of respect and true greatness through Christlike service (see Mark 10:42–45)."
"Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk." Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Love of God," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 21
"Do not be discouraged because you cannot learn all at once; learn one thing at a time, learn it well, and treasure it up, then learn another truth and treasure that up, and in a few years you will have a great store of useful knowledge which will not only be a great blessing to yourselves and your children, but to your fellow men" (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 269).