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On Monday I wrote about Big Prince trying out for the Swimming Gala at school and on Wednesday I was so nervous for him. He was really looking forward to it and couldn’t wait to get to school, he wanted to leave the house at 8am so that he could be at school on time. Not that he has ever been late but this shows how excited he was.

When he left me with the biggest smile on his face I hoped that he wouldn’t be leaving school disappointed. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be and as he walked towards me at the end of school I knew straight away that he hadn’t made it into the Gala. As we walked to the car I put my arms around him and told him not to worry, he could always try out again next year. He told me he would but he needed to get lots of practice in between now and then because he wasn’t fast enough. Normally I don’t go in for the competition stuff but hearing him say that made me so proud. 

Big Prince has never been one to take on a challenge, or at least if he did and failed he wouldn’t try again. If he can’t do something he generally gives up. Swimming is different - he loves to be in the water. His stroke isn’t great and we’ve been working on that but he keeps trying and now he has a reason to push himself harder. I really believe that he will try and I’m sure he’ll spend the entire summer in the pool. 

For me it’s not the fact that he wants to win that’s important, it’s that he wants to try. He is striving to be better and I think this is awesome, I’ve been struggling for years to find something he could be passionate about and I’m hoping this is it. It’s something he enjoys doing but can also be competitive in and it keeps him active which is another bonus given his tendency to spend days on the Xbox.

So I’m expecting to be nagged constantly to take them to the pool and I’m sure he’ll spend as much time as possible working on his speed and stroke. I can’t wait to see how much progress he can make in a year, it’s going to be awesome to watch.

How do your children deal with disappointment? Do you have special tricks to push them or encourage them to try?

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  1. My daughter had a similar experience - she had to compete for a place in the inter-school swimming gala and was fortunate in getting in. On the day of the gala though she didn't make it past the quarter finals. Having said that, her school won overall which I think was really positive as the school had pushed hard to make everyone aware it was a team event. This meant she shared in their success and was happy for her team mates, even though from her perspective she was disappointed with her swim. #pocolo

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    1. It sounds like she attends a good school, making it a team event is really important I think. BP is really determined to make it next time. Thanks for stopping by x

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  2. Oh bless him! I always told my daughters that they could achieve anything if they were prepared to put the time and effort in. As they're both at university now, this has worked out well for them. Better luck next time - keep practicing!

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    1. You're so right and I think that's the case for anyone, as long as you're willing to put the effort in you'll get the rewards. It's great that both your girls are at university, it just proves you were right. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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  3. What a great attitude he has. You must be doing something right, as long as he knows he has your support win or loose it will help him feel ready to take on such challenges.

    PoCoLo

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    1. Ah thank you. I've always told him we'll support him no matter what and I think he's really starting to relish a challenge!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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  4. So brilliant that he has such a fabulous attitude - it will certainly get him far in life :) I hope he continues to enjoy his swimming. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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    1. I hope so and I too hope he continues to enjoy his swimming, it's the only active thing he likes!

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  5. A pity the gala was all about 'speed'... in my schooldays the swimming gala included diving events, races for non-swimmers using floats, retrieving bricks from the bottom of the pool, underwater widths etc. Not everyone could win a prize, but all at least felt included. Good luck to BP 'getting his speed up'... I'm very uncoordinated and despite huge amounts of splashing fail to make much headway. If I get caught in the slipstream of (i.e) an old biddy swimming 'lanes', then I tend to start bobbing backwards, a bit like an unwanted turd in the pool! BP, you can be assured, is already MILES ahead of me and has all the time in the world to perfect his technique :) #PoCoLo

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    1. Ah thanks. That's exactly what he was hoping for, he wanted to be able to do underwater swimming because that's what he's best at. Unfortunately it is all about the speed for some reason but at least he wants to keep trying.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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