In line with the PM's Olympic Challenge I had to schedule a sporting activity for Lulu, but it was raining.
Not wanting to get the hair wet.... no seriously not wanting to get sick again, after just recovering from a virus, our scheduled bike ride was out.
Thinking quick I googled our local gym and established they have a squash court.
So to the gym we went.
Lulu tried her hand at Racquetball, persisting on court for half an hour.
It was interesting.
Lulu struggled, and being a perfectionist, was not impressed.
There were comments like "that was the stupidest shot ever" "so dumb" "bad" and lots of foot stomping.
It's hard to explain to a 6 year old that they need to allow room between their body and the racquet.
To get through the session with some success, I served the ball and she'd try and hit the return.
Of course I was 'playing nice'.
We had a big chat about how you can't expect to be an expert the first time you try something. The fact that the athletes going to the Olympics had practiced and practiced for years to be as good as they were.
I kept reinforcing that I thought she was doing a good job, and at times found myself singing "keep trying, keep trying, don't give up, never give up" - Yo Gabba Gabba.
Despite the fact that for the majority of the session she was frustrated, she was actually really pleased we went, really happy she got to try something new.
And that's another half hour added to her PM's Olympic Challenge Time Card.