Tuesdays are Your Turn – Starting Sports
People in my face-to-face life don’t always know I own this site. It’s not a secret, exactly, but while I’m comfortable plastering my kid’s early medical history all over the Internet in a quasi-anonymous fashion, at the same time I want to respect her privacy and so don’t volunteer any information about the existence of The Asthma Mom to the people we know personally.
Yeah, it’s a fine line.
The disconnect between regular life and blog life means I end up in more conversations like this one with other parents than you might expect, and often somewhere around the school PE field or the volleyball court:
Other Parent: She has asthma?
Other Parent: She does? That girl right there? (pointing at AG)
Me: Uh huh.
Other Parent: But she looks so healthy!
Me: Yeah, she didn’t always.
Other Parent: How long as she been that athletic?
And so on.
The thing is, my kid really does possess exceptional physical talents, and I’m not just indulging my parental bragging rights here. She’s a natural athlete, an unexpected development after her sickly early childhood years. Back then, I couldn’t imagine her playing any team sport, much less dominating one.
Today’s question comes from that conversation and from AG’s own experience because maybe they’ll offer struggling parents a glimpse of the more robust futures possible for their kids:
At what age were you/your child able to tolerate team sports or other strenuous physical activity, even with childhood asthma?
While she always loved playing outside and certainly wasn’t bedridden or anything before she got into athletics, AG joined a team sport – basketball – for the first time in third grade. She hasn’t looked back since.
How about you?