My daughter’s started horse riding when they were 6-years old at a one-week summer camp. They loved it and looked forward to it every year. The asked me to take lessons during the year but my Chinese mind didn’t see how horse-back riding could help them get into a good college so it could only be something they did in the summer. But after many many years of asking, my American heart gave in and I signed them up for riding lessons.
They’ve been taking riding lessons for a couple of years and the time and money still don’t quite make sense to me but what I do know from their faces, body movements, excitement in the car on the way there, is they LOVE it. And that type of joy does make sense me.
As a mom, of course I want the best for my children. As the girls get older, I am constantly challenged with what that “best” is. The “best” according to me or the “best” from their perspective. The answer is it should be a mix of both. I tend to make decisions based on what I think is best but I’m trying to be better at that.
It makes me so happy to see the joy on my daughter’s face when they ride horses. That is the best for them and me.