You all know we've been a crazy sports family from the beginning. Our kids are allowed to play one sport per season (no ice hockey or tackle football) and most of them make sure to take advantage of this. Some of our kids are not as athletically inclined, and we don't push them into anything, but do encourage them to be active (ahem, Xander with ahem, swimming lessons). Now that we have entered the world of high school sports, I was thinking about all the great life lessons that are being learned by my eldest son. We all know the many physical and mental benefits of staying active, but there are some lessons I never considered would come from being a high school athlete, such as:
Our kids take showers or baths every night (sometimes we skip every other day in the winter if they have dry skin or haven't played outside) because they get sweaty and dirty every day. They either have gym class, play a sport, or just run around enough at recess and after school to need a shower each day. So hygiene isn't something that needs to be taught in this house. But, since high school sports have started, there's more of an urgency to shower each day (right upon coming home from practice/games), airing out cleats and shinguards instead of letting them sit in a sports bag, applying deodorant and bringing a change of socks and shoes if not going to be picked up right away, etc. There's a good healthy dose of keeping oneself presentable and smellsentable, if you will.