Why is it when you see a young child doing something extraordinary, your first thought is 'their parents are forcing that on them'?
Can't children express what they want? They do everyday. "I want to wear the red one," "But I want the blue ball and Suzie has it," "I don't like green beans!" These are typical conversations in most parents houses. Why can't that same little person (because yes, they are a person) say "I want to play the violin."? I acknowledge that parents have a tendency to push their children to do things they don't want to do. I am fully aware it is often taken to extremes. Parents want their children to be the best at something. But I have witnessed that not all parents are the driving force behind extraordinary children. Sometimes, it's the child who wants to do something and asks for it.
I have a wonderful person in my life who is only a pre-teen. He plays the violin and has for 9 years. That's a very large amount of time, but as I know his parents and his love for music, I know this is truly what he wants. He practices the violin for about 6-8 hours per week. But he also plays other instruments. He practices almost everyday with some sort of instrument. How did he start playing the violin? At 2 years old he asked if he could. That was all it took. No pushing or prodding on the parents part. It was actually harder on those parents to find a violin that small and someone to teach their child at a young age.
I just wanted everyone to stop and think for a minute. What if that child is the one saying they want to play the violin, piano, sing, or act. What if it really isn't the parent forcing them...
It might be time to switch to decaf!