Now that football practice has been in session for a couple of weeks, I’m able to get a better feel for how Elijah feels about it. I was worried that he wasn’t going to like all the physical labor involved in it. He hasn’t complained about that yet, and I can even tell he’s getting faster when he runs. The thing that worries me though is his sweet-tempered disposition. Being just me and him growing up, he didn’t get the roughhousing that many boys do. I’d much rather sit in a corner and read a book or watch a movie, and he’d rather do this:
So now in practices he’s got the coach yelling in his face to “Get rough!!!” and “Get nasty!!!” Personally, I think it’s quite amusing listening to someone to tell my 10-year-old son to get nasty; but he’s having a hard time getting there. I tried telling him to pretend that these kids are making fun of me, or *gasp* his grandma, and he needs to get angry, get tough. He’s a big kid, so I know that he could use his size to his advantage if he would just let loose. I almost just want to really and truly tick him off right before the next practice, just to see if he would use that out on the field. Somehow I just think that is a bad idea though. Any pointers or suggestions from people who have been in the same shoes? Is this something he will work through? I mean, I’m not looking for a mean kid; just one who isn’t afraid to go out there and take someone down when he needs to.