Along with all of these positive lessons and messages, I've also said something else over and over. No, he will not play football. I was reminded of this again last night as I ran past the junior (very junior) football kids practicing in full pads. Nope, not my baby.
So, I've started to send my own not so secret subliminal message whenever we see a football game on TV or kids in the field. "Ooh, OUCH! Football HURTS!" This summer when we saw the cross country teams running, I'd say, "Oh, look at all those fast kids. Jett, you will be fast like that and run someday." Now that boys tennis has begun, we purposefully take a different route to the park on Saturday mornings in hopes that we'll see all the "cool, smart boys" playing tennis at the courts. I've even started planting these seeds with my husband, trying to convince him that cross country or tennis would be much better fall sport choices in preparation for basketball season.