Right now, those are Brendan's two career choices. I can't get him to think of an alternative. In his mind, it's simple - one or the other. He goes back and forth between his favorite sport. I was hoping for basketball but he tends to pick football more often. We try to encourage him to have fun and play smart. He doesn't like to be in front of people generally so it's fun to see him on the floor or on the field. To watch him interact with teammates and coaches. We've noticed that as he gets older, he jumps around less during the game and pays attention more. I was amazed when he played football last fall - he just seemed to know what to do. Such a change from 2 years ago when he was running for a touchdown and turned to wave when he heard us cheering him on. Oh, if only I could have gotten that on video!
He's not much for playing with toys but there doesn't seem to be a game he won't play. Board games, card games, video games, sports games. Does this mean he's competitive? I know he likes rules. And he likes to make sure other people follow the rules. He has a very hard time when his idea of what's fair is different than my idea. He tends to handle losing okay, unless he loses often and badly. I relate to that. I stopped playing Sequence with Josh for awhile because he won so much. It's just not fun if you never get a jack and always lose! And Josh always acted like he didn't really care about winning, which somehow makes it worse when you're the loser. Actually, he stopped playing Sequence with me. :) I was okay with that - I needed time to pout.
I need to post about some of my better traits that my kids have gotten from me. Brendan loves reading and is an excellent reader. He will re-read the same book over and over again. And he hates to get rid of them. This could be a negative but I will choose to see it as a positive. He doesn't hang on to anything else and willingly puts things in the garage sale pile. But he sees the value in books. And I intend to encourage that.