I feel almost terrible for asking this, because 'forcing' doesn't seem like a very nice word. However, there it is. Ds1 will be 7 this spring, and he is a very headstrong child. I choose my battles with him, and would generally never do something like force him to play an organized sport. There are a few reasons I'm interested in an organized, group activity: 1) Ds1 does not like to try anything new, no matter what it is; 2) when he does try something new (usually because the issue is 'forced') he often ends up liking it; 3) we homeschool, and in our current circle of friends there aren't as many same-aged kids for him to connect with as I'd like; and 4) it might help him improve his sportsmanship. I might add that he likes to play various sports on an unorganized level with dh in our street.
That last item, sportsmanship, is a big one for him. While he's gotten better at losing or having someone else outperform him, it's still a real weak point in his character; he gets very angry and frustrated, and up until recently has avoided playing any 'winning' type of games completely. I am sure that while he enjoys shooting hoops with dh in the street, the fear of being outperformed in a team or game setting deters him from wanting to join a basketball team.
So, what do you think? Would I be a totally mean mom to make him choose between, say, playing soccer or teeball this spring (or whatever the sport choices are!)? I'm really conflicted about this.
Edited by Mere - 1/31/11 at 4:00pm