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As a parent, you’ll be all too aware of the many benefits of exercise, and particularly of having your son or daughter join a sports team. Aside from getting fit and healthy (which isn’t always easy in today’s busy world), there’ll also learn valuable life lessons, improve at school, build self-esteem and confidence, and make bags of friends. There are many benefits and few downsides of team sports, but how do you nudge your child to join one in the first place, but then to stick with it? Below, we take a look at how you can bring encouraging without being pushy. They’ll thank you in the future!
Let Them Try Different Sports
One of the many beauties of the 21st century is that whatever you’re interested in doing, there will be a team or organization where you can go try it out. Your child might not want to play football; in which case, no problem. They can try their hand at basketball, soccer, relay running, or one of the many other team activities that are available at most schools. So don’t try to push them to become a superstar in one sport, let them try out a few and see which one they naturally enjoy. If they â€œdiscoverâ€ it on their own, they’re more likely to stick with it.
Bring the Enthusiasm
Nothing will discourage a child from a sport faster than pressure. There might one day be a time when your child is serious about the sport, but in the early stages, the only emphasis should be on having fun. Not being pushy doesn’t, however, mean taking a hands-off approach; it just means that you need to have a different approach. Bring the enthusiasm! If they do something well, then tell them. Kids love getting positive feedback from their parents!
Make it Cool
Being involved in a sports team should never be a chore. You don’t want your child to spend their time wishing they were doing something else, something more fun. Instead, make their sports team the place where they have a good time! Once they’re committed to an activity and a team, make it their world. You can organize fun team days, with all the parents and players involved. You can have the team wear custom jerseys made by Cisco Athletic; there’s nothing quite as cool as your own jersey. You can also arrange trips to see the professional teams play so that they can see how their team fits in with the wider sporting world.
Friends, Friends, Friends
Kids love to have fun with their buddies, as often as possible! If they have loads of friends on their sports team, then it won’t feel like sport at all. It’ll just be hanging out with their friends, uniting together to defeat the opposition! Of course, it takes a while to make friends. Facilitate the friendship growth by inviting your child’s best pals from the sports team around for dinner and fun activities.
With this advice, your child will be on the path to sporting success in no time!