As a kid I loved playing sports. I played baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and hockey. Many of you can relate to a childhood that was full of Saturday sporting events and weeknight practices. Today, it’s possible that as a parent you are living the same lifestyle as you haul your child around from practice to practice, or tournament to tournament.
For many of us, raising a child can be overly centered around activities like sports, camps, playdates, and the usually wonderful activities that make childhood great. As a parent, my fear is that I’ll become so consumed with the normal activities of my children’s social life that I will be less intentional with the long-lasting skills needed to develop a contributor.
Most of us believe that activities like sports inherently develop lifelong skills necessary for adulthood. Surprisingly however, this may not be as true as we think.
“The jury is out, and the verdict is in! Reliable research has conclusively shown us that sport, left to itself, erodes moral character in the lives of competitive athletes. However, other evidence has surfaced to show us that sport presents an incredibly powerful opportunity to pass on meaningful life lessons to athletes, if a coach is deliberate about teaching and modeling moral character.” -3D Coaching
I truly believe that many activities, such as sports, can be an effective way to teach contributor skills, but I passionately believe these positive skills are not formed accidentally.
Cultivating contributors involves the deliberate cultivation of specific skills within our children.
To do this effectively we must first identify specific skill sets. Recently, I asked this question to a room full of educators.
“What are the necessary skills needed to become a contributor?” Here are some of the responses.
· Self Motivation
· Digital Citizenship
· Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
If we desire for the next generation to become contributors to society we must be intentional in our cultivation tactics. Contributors are not accidently created.
So much of contributor development comes back to the responsibilities of us, the adults who want great things for our children/students. We must be intentional. We must keep our eyes and hearts open to what is truly best for our young people, not just what makes them happy.
I know many of you are doing amazing things in regards to contribution creation. I want to hear your stories! Email me or comment below and tell me how you are doing this. I may ask you to join me as a guest on the blog or the podcast!