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    Default Primary School - do you make your child go to the swimming carnival / sports carniva

    Do you (or will you) make your child go tot he swimming carnival / sports carnival / cross country running if they dont want to?

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    My DD are in year 5 and 7....I make them go to the swimming carnival :P but not the cross country carnival and not always the sports carnival.

    My younger DD detests the sports carnival as running is really not her thing and she gets upset coming last all the time.

    Lots of kids don't go, I didn't always go when I was younger so I won't push them.

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    Yes, I would. It's all part of the curriculum. Just like maths, history, etc.

    My kids have never asked to not go.

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    Default Primary School - do you make your child go to the swimming carnival / sports ...

    I don't have primary school children yet but no I wouldn't.

    I'm very academic- not sporty, I couldn't swim, and those days were always AWFUL. By late primary I was allowed to stay at home.

    It's all well and good to say it build resilience but when you can't participate properly or compete due to lack of skill in these instances it's humiliating.

    Just like you wouldn't get a child to read a book aloud in public if they struggle, have your child in a school play when they are desperately shy, a kid in choir when they can't sing or enter kids in the maths competitions etc I don't see how this adds any value trying to push kids who aren't good at these things and have no desire. It's a waste of a day and I'd much prefer them to be at home reading a book or doing art if that's what they wish. I'd rather encourage what they are good at/enjoy. They already do enough things at school throughout the year.
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    If they don't want to go the honestly probably not. A lot will depend on their reasons.

    There was a period where DS1 didn't want to go, his reasons were compelling so I didn't force it. Eventually he started going to them again.

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    I also want to add that our carnivals were segregated into age not year groups and being a younger child I was away from my friends, adding to the whole awfulness of the day.

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    I think children should attend the event, but they don't have to compete. We had our swimming carnival last week, all my girls couldn't wait to compete however on the day, DD1 didn't want to swim, that's completely fine with me. Yes, I believe she needs to go and support her fellow classmates, friends, siblings etc but I would never force them to compete.

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    Swimming carnival - I never make them go. Most of them do want to so they do. Ds2 is not allowed to do swimming lessons or carnival (mine and his health professionals decision)

    Athletics carnival - must go.

    Cross country - must go

    My kids have no issuses with running etc...

    if a school event caused a problem whether that be a physical or mental i would carefully consider whether it was beneficial for that child.

    I put equal weight on mental health and physical health now. I have learnt from my mistakes in past.
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    It's compulsory at DS school and they are very strict about it ( same with my school) but they make a huge deal out of it and make it very fun and supportive ( the swimming carnival last week all the teachers were dressed in house colours with funny wigs and face paint so the kids loved it !) so yes I would treat it like any other subject as pp said and he would have to go

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    Yes. It's about being a team player and giving it a go. And we rate sport/exercise pretty highly in our household. In saying that, I lead by example and join in the parent teacher races...even though I'm not the fastest.
    My kids don't have any physical or mental reasons to not give the carnivals a go.


 

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