Lesson’s from the seven year old:
As a tennis coach, I have been fortunate enough to have “developed” some pretty solid players. As most young coaches do, I had the attitude that I “knew” what I was doing and understood what it took to develop a player no matter what the age.
Well, seven years ago my wife and I had our first child, Christian. Not sure what to expect, as a new father, I was very nervous yet excited. I think it is safe to say that I have learned more from my seven year old than in any conference. Here are the top four lessons that I have learned from my son when it comes to tennis (as well as in life):
1. I want to play and have fun. If I can’t do it, show me how to but keep it simple.
2. If you are boring and don’t act like you want to be with me, I don’t want to be with you.
3. What is fun for you, as an adult, is not necessarily fun for me. After all you are an adult and I AM A KID!
4. Do not be so quick to correct me or change activities. I do have a brain and I can figure things out in my own way.
In conclusion, it is important to understand that we don’t just need to help kids learn, we need to allow them to teach us as well. The more we learn from them, then we will be able to deliver the product in a manner in which is most effective and enjoyable.
Mark S. Faber,
Evolve9 Professional Development Team
USPTA Elite Professional