Art Vandelay wrote: SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:
JTWood wrote:Seriously, though, when I was 5 (1983), my dad had me memorize the entire Cardinals WS roster along with lineup, player numbers, and BA. He even got me a Cardinals placemat so that I could "study" while I ate.
That is great.
I disagree. I think it's ridiculous to demand, or even expect that of a 5 year old, or any kid. I'm a huge sports fan, but my dad never forced sports on me and I would never do that to my kid.
What's wrong with allowing a kid to develop his own interests?
You expect too much of a 5-year-old. At that age, my only
interest was making my dad proud of me. He liked baseball and the Cardinals and that meant I did, too. I believe that's how it probably is for most children at that age.
And just so you know, it wasn't just the Cardinals or baseball. My dad was big on reading and memorization in general. Thanks to him, I could read at 4 years of age. If he hadn't taught me how to do that, the stuff on that placemat would have just been gibberish. I also had the order of the books of the Bible and the entire "Casey at the Bat" poem (among other things) memorized before kindergarten ever started.
I also learned crude mathematical skills thanks to baseball and my father. I could calculate batting average and ERA when I was about 6 years old.
My dad wasn't forcing baseball on me so much as he was using it as a tool to help me learn. I intend to do the same for my children, too, be it with baseball or some other medium.