For the past three years, our family has participated in a muddy event in a neighboring city and we will do so as long as it continues. I think it is important, not only to let your kids get dirty, but also to challenge themselves a little bit. I feel like a lack of challenges as a child will lead to adults who think everything should come easily. Life is not always easy, but some of the hard stuff will seem easier if you raise kids who see a difficult situation and have the confidence to face it head on instead of running from it.
This is something I worry about with Grayson specifically because his nature is very passive and nervous when he’s in a group or public setting. Yesterday at the Mud Run he just had fun, which made me so happy. He’s very athletic and can do things many kids his age cannot, but he’s often too shy to try when he’s in public, but that was not the case this time. When it came time for the tough challenges, like the rope wall and the rope climb, he said, “I can do this myself, I don’t need any help.” He did just that and I was so proud. The crowd around cheered him on, which in the past has made him nervous, but this time just made him smile. A breath of fresh air and a sign I am hopefully moving in the right direction with helping him be confident and to know that he is capable.
My daughter, on the other hand, loves the attention. She doesn’t like direct attention and will not let anyone get very close to her, but she’s a little performer. She did the entire course, with the exception of one piggy back up a hill near the end, by herself and loved every minute of it. She likes to get dirty and then go home and put on a dress and some lipstick.
In July Grayson will be doing a kids Spartan race, which he’s really excited about. If Fiona was old enough, she would be doing it too.
If you live in North Carolina, you can find upcoming muddy events HERE and there are even some discounts available too.