I let my kids try out several extra curricular activities and allow them to choose their strengths and interests. Although it can be hard sometimes, I let my children learn from their own mistakes and allow them the freedom and responsibility to deal with those choices. I was born in the late 70's and I was raised with particular expectations. My older siblings played soccer - so I followed suit. I was forced to take piano lessons bc my parents bought a piano and they wanted to justify their purchase. My husband was a professional soccer player and I played every single sport you can imagine. We have not forced our children to do anything. We ask them once a semester why they'd like to try and they do it. It takes the pressure off of us as parents and off of them. They have the freedom to choose activities they are interested in and see if it's the right fit. It works for us.
2 plaques for coaching both my son and my daughters soccer teams. Other than that - nada.
Utah State University University of Utah
Mother of 4 children ages 11-2. My son is the oldest - the rest are my crazy girls. 2 of my 3 school aged children are being tested for the gifted program. The gifted teacher suggested I put some of my parenting ideas on this site - I was shocked that she and a few of my children's teachers suggested it. My ideas are so simple - but they have been effective.