since there is so much wisdom here.....
I have an 8yo boy beginner... long term goal is to give him the gift of tennis, a game of a life time, a character builder, and a chick magnet... varsity tennis.... maybe college scholarship.
he also plays soccer in the spring/fall, swim in the summer/winter.
right now it's winter, so I have him doing ball bounce drills and hit against the living room wall for 15min/day...
plan is to hit the court more when spring comes along.
I have read Dave Smith's book, and I like the way of starting with the conti grip.
any suggestions are welcome.