From hobbies to professions, how has the 13-year persistence of tennis teenagers been cultivated
The Paper Journalist Yang Sichao
Jenny introduced his son to the world of tennis when his son was four years old. His son Derrick Chen has represented the British team in international youth tennis competitions since he was 10 years old. He has become a sponsor of the French Babaoli brand. He has won many championships in European and international youth competitions. He is now a key player of the British Tennis Association. From the beginning of the interest training, to now the child has achieved small achievements in tennis, Jenny has some insights on how to tap the child’s hobbies.
Derrick Chen represented the British team in the World Youth Davis Cup in 2019. The British team won the sixth place in the world.
Speaking of exploring children’s hobbies, Jenny believes that the initial choice will have a certain relationship with the parents’ own hobbies. Jenny remembers that when she was in middle school, she received a set of beautiful short skirts brought back by her father from the United States. Later she saw on TV. Zhang Depei won the French Open Championship, and she began to pay attention to tennis. Only then did she know that her father brought back a tennis skirt. At the time she wished she could also play tennis, but in the 1980s she had no such opportunity.
After that, Jenny had her own child. Because it was a boy, she hoped that the child would be sunny and healthy, and sports activities were indispensable in the cultivation of interest. When her son was four years old, by chance, Jenny saw the children’s tennis club, which made her very excited and did not hesitate to sign up for the child.
Jenny knew that his hobby son might not like it. When enlightening her son on tennis, she first enrolled in an interest class, one class a week, and she observed whether the child was interested. In fact, every time the class is over, the children are still not satisfied, and then increase from one class to two classes per week. Three months later, she saw that her son was still very involved in tennis, so she arranged for him a private lesson. One year later, according to his son’s physical fitness and concentration, combined with the teacher’s opinion, the course was increased from 30 minutes to one hour per session. Jenny believes that it is important to develop children’s interest step by step.
From hobby to career, help children make a reasonable plan
From the age of four to now, his son has been playing for 14 years. Jenny recalled this It’s not easy to go all the way. It’s mainly because of the children’s love of tennis. In addition to love, there may be children who are talented in this area. The judgment of coaches and agencies on their sons made Jenny believe that they need to give them more opportunities.
My son participated in an international competition for the first time when he was six years old.
At the age of 12, he represented the British team in the international youth tennis competition and won the runner-up in the 12-year-old team.
Jenny said,”In these years of tennis learning, every time I go up a step, I will encounter resistance. When I see the child injured and the child persists in training and playing, I am sure he really loves it. Tennis.” After confirming this, Jenny will also help the child make some reasonable plans in the future training.
As the son grows older and his level improves, the time and intensity of training should also increase. On the premise of not affecting learning, it is necessary to make arrangements for the adjustable time outside of learning. In addition to tennis, the son also studied football at first. When the child was 9 years old, Jenny discussed with his son and decided to make tennis the main sport. At the age of 11, he transferred to a school that paid more attention to tennis. At the age of 14, he had the willingness and potential to shift toward his career. At the age of 17, he decided to play a professional career.
Being a qualified tennis parent, sharing your children’s tennis fun
From interest to having expertise in this area, and then to a career path, this is a Long process. Jenny has also been learning to be a qualified tennis parent during this process, sharing his fun with his children.
In fact, Jenny started to learn to play at the same time when the kids started playing tennis. She wants to play with her children when she is free after school. At the same time, most importantly, she can also experience how the children feel when playing. While cultivating children’s tennis hobby, Jenny tried to learn to be a qualified parent.
Participate in Wimbledon in 2019.
Jenny is the most loyal fan of her son. She enjoys watching every training and competition of her son. She thinks that more encouragement should be given to the children, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t raise objections, just need to pay attention to the methods and methods. If you want to play tennis well, this is a”marathon”, not a”sprint”. Jenny will guide your children to think about winning or losing, and will remind herself not to compare the performance of other people’s children with their own children. This will only give the children invisibly Causes pressure and may lose interest in playing tennis.
Suggestion for novice mothers
Jenny believes that every child is a seed and their flowering period is different, especially if the child is young At that time, the coordination of the limbs and the development of the brain are early and late. Parents need to provide opportunities for their children based on the characteristics of their children, rather than following the characteristics of other people’s children. When cultivating children’s hobbies, it is necessary to ensure that children are active and happy, rather than passive and painful.
Derrick Chen (fourth from left) participated in a piano concert with his brother (third from left) as a child.
In addition to his passion for tennis, Jenny’s son also uses the piano as part of his life. Sometimes there will be piano sounds in the morning at home, and sometimes children will have piano sounds after school. Although it is only a few minutes, Jenny knows that this is because the child is relaxing. This is also her original intention of hoping that the child will become an instrument, not for training. The musician only hopes that when he grows up, when he is stressed and worried, he can play a piece to relax himself.
Derrick Chen participated in a football game as a child.
Jenny believes that when the child is too young, there is no need to focus on an interest too early, but to give the child a chance to try it. But one more thing to note is that when a child is young, he will be curious about everything, and Jenny bluntly said that he will not be responsive to everything. She will consider the time, cost and whether the child really likes it, etc., and cannot turn interest into a kind of pressure and burden for the child and herself.
In addition, Jenny also suggested that novice mothers should learn to listen to their children’s feelings when exploring their children’s hobbies, and find suitable enlightenment classes and teachers for their children. In the enlightenment stage, don’t ask children with a professional mentality. Appropriate arrangements should be made according to the age of the child, and enjoy the process and grow together with the child. In addition, as for how to keep the child’s lasting interest, as far as Jenny is concerned, she will not spend all of her time on the arrangement of interest classes, she will set aside her own free time for her children.
Editor in charge:Li Shuping