my brother donny and i were inquisitive and creative kids
at 7 (me ) and 6(him) when taken sailing. as a result of our overinquisitiveness, we were taught to sail. we LOVED it.
we learned self control--when we screwed up we paid for it-by helping fix it--we had to haul uncle up the mast
to fix a befoulment of the first mast
hoop with the throat of the gaff--oops because we raced to get our own halyard
belayed first-- you do NOT do that. we told dad not to help as we did the bad thing and needed to fix it so we could continue sailing with our uncle phil. we were horrid kids
, but we focused on sailing with uncle phil--it was magic.
the secret with these overstimulated over creative kids is not limitation but encouragement. they love boat and sailing--give em responsibilities and watch em focus like you cannot . is magic.
my responsibility was with raising main--one halyard
, donny the other., with sailing--i had port jib
, he was given stbd. we constantly trimmed making sure no luff no issues. the off wind
sheet got to rest and nag the other. we also rotated thru bailing leaky old dinghy
each had assigned tasks. that worked quite well, and we learned responsibility and task orientation. and damn we focused.
try it. this is from a still creative, key losing , fone cant find, active brain with focusing issues and hella ability to focus multitask when enjoying the activity.
no, i will NOT grow up