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We need to foster the belief in our children that this is a journey.  We aren’t ‘stuck’ where we’re at.  We can work hard and break through to the next level of performance.  However, we can’t lose the connection to the idea of allowing failure.  “Learn, learn, learn” doesn’t actually happen if the penalty kick is always successful.  We have to cultivate an environment where we encourage full effort AND celebrate the failures. 
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March 2020

Finally it occurred to me.  There is a way to get what we both want.  What if soccer becomes the focus of our homeschool?  I don’t mean drills and hours of PlayStation FIFA.  I mean learning science, math, reading, writing, computers, and other needed skills by using soccer as the focus. Yes, I want him to have a well-rounded education, but right now the ‘what’ he studies can be secondary to the ‘how’ to learn and the foundational skills that he can develop.  

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