Archive for May, 2010

Never Give up. When asked, coaches and parents will go on and on about teamwork, good sportsmanship, pride, hark work ethic and reasoning skills. These  are all definitely very important skills and are all definitely taught in little league baseball but the most important skill taught in little league baseball is the lesson in endurance. Endurance is defined as: the ability or strength to continue or last. I would be captain obvious if I was to state that “life is hard”…. so let me get my cape and find a phone booth to change in because …..”life is hard! sometimes really hard and it is way to easy to give up and merely survive.” There are far too many zombies and victims in the world today who are not enduring but just existing they have put them selves on “cruise control and are just acting out their lives”. In little league baseball I hear the words from the coach “keep your heads up we are still in this” or “that’s ok we will get them next time” and I smile because these words are life lessons. When you get hit with real  life situations like;  more bills than check, children who “hate” you jobs you hate we can look back on lessons we learned from our coaches on the baseball field through phrases like “keep your head up” or “hustle out there” and my favorite “give yourself a hand this may have been a loss but you played a great game all the way to the end.”

This season is the first season of little league baseball for my son Johnathan in practice Johnathan was excited and motivated by the second game Johnathan had hit a wall (Johnathan had 0 in hits column and team had 0 in win column). Johnathan wanted to give up and quit baseball I wouldn’t let him. I gave him the you made a commitment and stay with this till end of season speech. Yesterday was the fourth game and the team now has a 2 – 2 record and Johnathan left the game with the team ball suffice to say Johnathan is excited again and I want to believe he has maybe learned a valuable lesson I hope anyways.

John3Corrigan

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Nostalgia is a funny word; lets see nostalgia is defined in Websters as a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past. A few weeks ago a friend of mind was commenting on the youth who was serving him at a local fast food restaurant and how this youths lack of comprehension and understanding as well as his completely rude attitude made him nostalgic. He wanted for a time when the youth were polite, respectful and bright not rude disrespectful and dumb as they are now. See the funny thing about nostalgia is that we can and do usually only remember the good things about the past. We should say he was experiencing sentimental nostalgia I only say this is what he was experiencing because I truly do not think the youth of today are less smart than the youth of yesterday. Before you quit reading and walk away shaking your head allow me to explain this.. Thanks.  My oldest Kyle loves to read his new obsession is the Percy Jackson books (for those of you who are not raising a 12-year-old in North America Percy Jackson is an imaginary character in a series written by Rick Riordan in which Percy finds out he is the son of a greek god and adventures ensue) my friend would say that my son Kyle is the exception to the rule because the youth are not smart enough to read, however the over a million number would make his thought not true this is a 384 page turner whose target audience is middle school children and need I remind you of the best-selling Harry Potter series same target audience wildly successful. Having made my point to my good friend he wondered to himself out loud “well what exactly is the problem?” and of course being the rude and obnoxious friend I am I piped up “maybe the problem is not with education maybe it is a cultural thing”.  Once again let me explain my statement…  With my friend I really don’t think the problem was the young man not understanding my friends order I think the problem was with the young man not caring about my friends order. Engaging a child is a very important tactic when a child or adult is engaged great things happened when someone is not engaged but disinterested bad things happen. How can someone working at a fast food restaurant be engaged one might say you can be engaged by being challenged and encouraged. The good news for my friend is two-fold; first being the youth are not dumb and second would be that engaging individuals is as easy as instilling in them pride in their crafts and purpose in the job the perform. Please weigh in on this and let me know what you think Thanks

John3Corrigan

Kids durugs and parents

Posted: May 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

a rant about medicating our children

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Posted: May 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

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