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{September 29, 2010}   Sports and Kids

Sports and Kids

Sports and Kids

When it comes to extra-curricular activities for your kids, nothing can beat sports. Making your kids join a sports team has many benefits. It can help your kids to stay fit, improves sportsmanship and social skills and develop a hobby which the kids may even take up as a career. Now you do not want you kids to grow up and regret that they never played any sports as kids because their parents never encouraged them to play sports, do you? Of course not!

Encourage your kids to try their hand at all kinds of sports whether at school, at home or in the neighborhood community. Some kids can be quite reluctant to try sports as they may fear getting hurt or some might just be used to the couch potato routine that young kids have these days. whatever the reason, push your kids into sticking with sports. If they find baseball interesting, you can buy some equipment to keep at home and practice throwing as a family game. This will help you bond with them and give your kids confidence. If your kid is interested in basketball, install a hoop in your driveway, or you can take your kids over to the neighborhood playground for them to play with other kids of their age.

Sports are a good way to teach your kids about winning and losing and about life in general. They feel good about themselves and develop a healthy self-esteem when they know that they are good at something. If your kid is an only child, then enrolling them in sports will also make them friendlier towards other kids of  their age.

Kids always learn by example, so you ought to be active yourself. Read out to your kids, examples of great sportsmen and how they behaved on field. Try to steer them away from the controversial news that most sports persons are today. You don’t want  your kids to idolize and think that what they do is right.

Don’t discourage your kids at all when it comes to their enthusiasm for sports. Who know? They might be the next LeBron James, Rafael Nadal or Venus Williams! Be involved, supportive and quiet. Let the coaches be coaches. Don’t scream at your kid (or anybody else’s) while a game is going on. Stick around for the practices and help when asked, but mostly try to be low-key. Younger kids are especially impressionable and do not let them think that their parent’s will love them only if they do well in sports. Be an unconditional source of support.

While you are encouraging the sports yen in your kid,  also make sure to let them know that academics play a major role in life too. Encourage them to balance both and make sure that they are not neglecting either a commitment to school or sports. Your role as a parent also determines the successfulness of your kids.So get geared up to be the parent of a sporty kid!

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