Think about of your children, sports provide a positive learning experience that will enhance your child’s ability to develop self confidence, good sportsmanship and teamwork skills. Sports also teach all of us to work hard and have a little fun at the same time.
In sports, children are challenged both mentally and physically. Coaches teach the roles of the game, strategy to win, and how to work together. Your child will also build skills, endurance, and strength.
Perhaps the greatest life lessons are learned in sports. Winning does not come easy; you’ve got to work for it. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Life isn’t fair. Sometimes you give it your all and you still lose. When you lose, pick yourself up and try again.
Younger children learn socialization through sports. Sharing, listening, and following rules are the fundamentals picked up in earlier years of sports.
Self-esteem is something you cannot give your child. We gain positive self-esteem through accomplishments. In sports, your child can reach goals, big and small, and feel good about themselves. It is not important to be the star. Teach your child to strive to reach personal goals.
In sports there are setbacks, defeats and even injuries. How you handle it says a lot about your character. Your child will be a lot happier if he or she learns to take setbacks in stride and concentrates on doing better next time.
If your child decides to play a sport, make sure you are playing your role the best way you can. Don’t pressure your child. Instead be supportive and help him or her through any difficulties or conflicts. It’s great to practice with your child, but don’t be overbearing and make practice feel like a punishment.
Keep your emotions in check. Avoid criticizing your child or others in public and in private. Instead offer help if there is a certain skill he or she can improve. Never humiliate a child.
Sports help prepare your children for the working world, and life in general. Encourage your child to find a team sport that they will enjoy. Continue to talk with them and support them. Your involvement will enhance their experience.
Winning is not the goal. The real goal is your child’s mental, physical and emotional development.