“Always have fun and never give up on your dreams no matter what anybody says,” words of wisdom from a 10 year old. Clark Kent Apuda has done the unthinkable, he just smashed one of Michael Phelps’ longest standing swimming records. Clark finished the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:10:48; more than a second off of Phelps’s record of 1:09:38; and more than five seconds ahead of all of his competitors.
“Most people just call me Clark, but now when I beat Michael Phelps’ record, they start calling me Superman,” says Clark. His coach explained that Clark has his mind set on becoming “a scientist, an Olympic gold medalist for the USA, and a black belt. He’s on track for all of those things.”
The Next Leap Forward
While it may never be too late to start those good habits; truth is when you practice good habits at ten years old, chances are you’ll retain those habits well into adulthood. Simple things likes not judging others; picking up an empty bottle in the street; and work before play – are reachable goals and good habits to teach the upcoming generation.
In fact, chores remain consistent from the age of 9 through the conclusion of high school according to a study (surveyed nearly 50,000 American families) from Brown University. “The research is eye-opening for many parents who hope their children will eventually take on more responsibility. The evidence is clear; it’s not happening without intervention,” said Dr. Pressman, Director of Research for the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and lead researcher on the Brown University study.
And for all those people over the age of 10, if that intervention means you need to sit down with yourself and have a very long talk – your conscious depends on it, and your subconscious might just be listening…