My children love to go to the bowling alley. A couple years ago, we decided to join a league. We didn't win and I think it was my fault. I tore my rotator cuff, a slight tear. It was taking forever to heal and it hurt when I tried to bowl. One week, I would bowl great, the next week I would bowl horrible. I believe we came in last place, but it was a ton of fun. The next year, my children asked if they could join the bowling league at their school. My wife and I thought it would be a great idea because the kids would get some exercise. Our kids bowled on the same team and they won first place. The next year, they won second place and they won individual awards too. Our living room cabinets were filling up fast with Glass Awards and Trophies from their bowling. The awards were great, but the smiles on their faces was even better. I had no idea my children were going to win when they joined the bowling league. I decided to have them join because of the fun and the exercise.
This year, my children were placed on separate teams against my will. I have a schedule to keep and this change made me late one week for work. My daughter was placed on a team with the two boys who have ants in their pants. The boys do everything except bowl and it takes forever for us to get out of the bowling alley. My kids will not win any trophies this year. They are better bowlers together than they are apart. My kids were put on two separate teams that have the kids that are not the best bowlers. It bothered me at first, but I no longer care. My children still have fun and they try their best. That is all I ask, the awards they received were just icing on the cake. Besides, we have tons of trophies in our cabinets, some of the other kids can use a few. Trophies and awards are great, but they should not be given out to each child. I believe a child should earn each reward they get because it gives them the push to be successful in everything they do. Next year, I believe my kids will try something different. I will enter them into the world of martial arts.