Removing recognition
May 30, 2013

recognitionSon: I’m going to be very sad at the end of sports camp this time.

Mum: Why?

Son: Because there’s no wristbands, medals or trophy now – they don’t do that anymore.

Mum: Why don’t they do that anymore?

Son: Because the Coach has got a boss now and he says, “Don’t give out wristbands, medals or trophies at the end because it wastes too much time!”

Mum: Oh dear. And do you think they should carry on giving them out?

Son: Yes, because it’s a good thing for children.

Mum: Why is it a good thing?

Son: Because there are people who haven’t got them yet – like James – it’s not fair for him, he hasn’t got anything – no wristband, no medal, no trophy, nothing. They don’t do any of it now, and he just REALLY wants a wristband, a medal or a trophy! What I really want from there is a wristband.

Mum: Do you try harder if there’s wristbands, medals and trophies at the end?

Son: Yes, we have to work REALLY hard if we want to get one. In the olden days when I didn’t get anything I worked SO hard and I didn’t get anything so I just gave up – I just worked normally. Until eventually I found out that I still wouldn’t get anything, so I gave up from working normally. Then one day I decided to try again and that’s when I got a medal. And then the next time I tried even more and that’s when I got the trophy.

Mum: And how did you feel when they said they weren’t going to give them out any more?

Son: It shocked me so much that I felt angry to hear the news that they didn’t give out wristbands, medals or trophies anymore and to this day, I am still a little upset. I gave up being angry though, because the more you’re angry the less things you’ll get – do you know that?

Mum: That’s true. So, do you work hard when you go to sports camp now?

Son: Now it doesn’t matter if you work hard, because they don’t give out trophies or medals anymore.

Mum: But DO you?

Son: A little bit.

Inflatable football
February 24, 2013

inflatablefootballMe: What did you do at Sports Camp today?

D: Dodgeball, and inflatable football – do you know what inflatable football is?

Me: Is it where you play with an inflatable football?

D: Yes, well, you know the big football pitch that I told you about before?

Me: The one outside?

D: Yes – we played on that and I got gold for my team! I was the only one in our team to get a goal – and so I got 159 points!

Me: Well done! That’s a lot of points for a goal – it MUST have been special.

D: Yes, I was the ONLY one, so it was – how many points did I say?

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