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ON THE COVER Paintball Mania THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO by Jeni Warren Homeschool parent With his 10th birthday coming up my son George wanted to do something different to celebrate with his friends, something exciting and daring. In previous years we’d been to a variety of play places and a couple of times to the movies. As soon as paintball was mentioned it became evident to me that nothing else was ever going to compare to that idea. In his mind paintball was perfect and he couldn’t wait to tell his friends. whole paintballing experience! Battle bruises were proudly displayed and fierce war stories exchanged. They had worked as a team and conquered all. What a great feeling of accomplishment. Since then we have been back several times. The boys think that they have perfected their games and feel ready to challenge the dads. Spring 2010 sees the first Sons v Dads battle! It’ll be interesting to see who is the more competitive of the two teams. Almost instantly he and his friends were talking teams, battle zones and a variety of military-style tactics. Oh my! The fact that I had agreed to take a group of excitable 10 year old boys to a relatively unknown environment where they would be “trying to take each other out” with plastic paint balls at every opportunity started to sink in… What was I thinking !!! I do believe in pushing the envelope a little . . . trying new things, exploring different territories and getting out of one’s comfort zone. I want my children to live their lives like that too. Obviously parameters are set but within those I want them to explore the unknown and embrace new experiences. Needless to say, paintballing didn’t disappoint and at the end of the day I had a group of tired, sweaty and fairly messy boys who were completely exhilarated. They had actually made it, largely unscathed, through the HomeschoolersGuide.ca I am glad that my son had the confidence to enter into this game. I`m also happy that his friend’s families trusted me enough to let their sons join him in the experience. One of George’s friends got a little paint on his shoes. It turns out they were his best footwear! He gloomily declared “my Mom’s going to kill me . . .” I couldn’t help but chuckle. This young man had just survived a huge physical battle but he was still concerned about what his mom was going to say about his shoes. That’s Life! SPRING/SUMMER 2010 7

Paintball Mania THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO

by Jeni Warren

With his 10th birthday coming up my son George wanted to do something different to celebrate with his friends, something exciting and daring. In previous years we’d been to a variety of play places and a couple of times to the movies. As soon as paintball was mentioned it became evident to me that nothing else was ever going to compare to that idea. In his mind paintball was perfect and he couldn’t wait to tell his friends. <br /> Almost instantly he and his friends were talking teams, battle zones and a variety of military-style tactics. <br /> Oh my! <br /> The fact that I had agreed to take a group of excitable 10 year old boys to a relatively unknown environment where they would be “trying to take each other out” with plastic paint balls at every opportunity started to sink in… What was I thinking !!!<br /> I do believe in pushing the envelope a little . . . trying new things, exploring different territories and getting out of one’s comfort zone. I want my children to live their lives like that too. Obviously parameters are set but within those I want them to explore the unknown and embrace new experiences. <br /> Needless to say, paintballing didn’t disappoint and at the end of the day I had a group of tired, sweaty and fairly messy boys who were completely exhilarated. They had actually made it, largely unscathed, through the whole paintballing experience! Battle bruises were proudly displayed and fierce war stories exchanged. They had worked as a team and conquered all. What a great feeling of accomplishment. <br /> Since then we have been back several times. The boys think that they have perfected their games and feel ready to challenge the dads. Spring 2010 sees the first Sons v Dads battle! It’ll be interesting to see who is the more competitive of the two teams. <br /> I am glad that my son had the confidence to enter into this game. I`m also happy that his friend’s families trusted me enough to let their sons join him in the experience. <br /> One of George’s friends got a little paint on his shoes. It turns out they were his best footwear! He gloomily declared “my Mom’s going to kill me . . .” I couldn’t help but chuckle. This young man had just survived a huge physical battle but he was still concerned about what his mom was going to say about his shoes. That’s Life! <br />

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