Issues… | Jennifer Probst


  1. Angelique says:

    OMG, you crack me up!

    I read this article you would have liked. If I can remember where I’ll send it. . . anyway this mother was writing about how she struggled – rushing about to get her two kids to the park between other commitments. She would get frustrated because her little daughter would “waste time” washing her hands and stopping to look at bugs or flowers on their way to the park. Suddenly it dawned on this mother that while many of her happiest childhood memories were spent in the park perhaps what was most important to her daughter was spending time in the bathroom playing in the water and stopping to awe over flowers and bugs. So, they bent down together and oohed and aahhed over nature, arriving at the park a little later, a little more relaxed, and a little more joyful. Somehow I felt like your oldest would enjoy hanging out with this little girl – they’d be so busy enjoying life they wouldn’t have time to hate soccer or think about rushing to parks 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. I love these stories – the different personalities, pursuits and pleasures. Letting things be ok & finding a different way.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I do believe there are many benefits to competive sports but what it comes right down too is that not all of us our competitors. I have observed enough about Jake to know what a deep thinker he is.
    Most all souls just really don’t like sports. lol
    We would rather ponder the universe.
    Hail to your little Galileo for being true to himself. lol

  3. erica says:

    Jennifer – I love this… My son is a creative, artsy fellow. We’ve tried soccer. I know all too well the days of arguing with him to try.. To teach him about commitment and being part of a team. Instead he would much rather recite 200 facts about spiders, or explain to me how butterflies hatch. He is a think out of the box … Never stops talking. This year we tried baseball. He seems to like it, but he isn’t putting in to much effort to practice. He spends alot of time on the field observing the world. I have decided to, that it wouldn’t be so horrible for him if he didn’t play sports. He’ll learn commitment from something else. I know someday he’ll be something great and will learn to be part of a team… It may just not be on a field in some oversized uniform. 🙂 Erica

  4. Nancy Chaudhry says:

    Good for you Jen. We all need to do what is best for us…..

  5. Terri says:

    I love this little boy (especially that shrug)! I think you should give him some fingerpaints and lots of room!

  6. Wendy Marcus says:

    Soccer is not for everyone. Have you considered karate?

    RE: Being competitive. One game, when my son was five he took the ball from one end of the field to the other and scored a goal. I jumped up and down and cheered, “Great job, Ben. You did it all by yourself. I’m so proud of you.” One of the mother’s glared at me and called out, “Great teamwork kids!” Oh well. Can’t win them all.

    Oh, and I love where you end on grooming your son for baseball! My son played baseball for years. Town ball. All Star ball. We traveled from Albany to Maryland for baseball. Did a tournament in Cooperstown where the boys, then 11, stayed in dorms and played baseball four days straight. The last day they played five full games in a row….and my son has not picked up a baseball since. Broke my husband’s heart.

    • jennifer121 says:

      Too funny! I would LOVE him to get into karate. I want them to try yoga also, I studied for so many years and meditated, would love to take them to an ashram for the whole experience but Ray is not too keen on the idea…but I told him we are definitely going to try it when they are a bit older. And of course horseback riding looks cool. Can you tell I am taking all of my childhood dreams (my mom always said no money – just go out and play) and putting it on them. Meanwhile, they will probably be happy just to go out and play!

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