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Will the Force Be With You?

Like many children, my mother enrolled me in piano lessons but when I openly admitted to disliking it, she let me quit. Same went for the clarinet and skiing, both of which I did for about one week. Now that I'm older I desperately wish I could play an instrument or stand on skis, but I do understand why my mom didn't push either on me.

It's a tough position for a mama to be in and I often think about how I am going to handle extra-curricular activities as I am raising my own children. Do I force them to do things they dislike like now in hopes that they'll be grateful for the skills in the future? Or do I let them determine their own activities in hopes that they'll find their own way?

What do you think? Should parents push certain activities onto their children?

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