As parents, we want the best for our children. Throughout the world, children’s lives are changed on a daily basis by parents, teachers, coaches and other role players. The dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of positive people can assist a child in finding his/her own passion for a specific type of sport or any other physical activity, and positively change the life of a child for the better.
Teaching Our Kids the Basics
There are many benefits linked to playing sport at different levels. Children participate in a physical activity whilst learning to socialise, understand the importance of team work, develop an appreciation and respect for team mates and people in general, and experience the self-worth associated with great friendships. As with all things in life, sport has its ups and downs and, therefore, it is vital for kids to learn how to cope with the elements linked to losing and winning.
The active lifestyle of any child should preferably start at home and parents that are more active will ultimately become the role models of their active children. Accordingly, it only makes sense that we as parents teach our children how to participate in sports activities or physical activities in a fair manner, and to place the trophy for fair play firmly in their hands.
Tips to Take to Heart
Our children need to learn how to deal with winning and losing, and that there is nothing wrong with either. Parents should also not underestimate their children’s respective abilities. Grown-ups are often surprised to see how many challenges their children are able to meet. Parents should accept that it is okay to expect more of their children, and similarly we have to accept our children are allowed to fail.
Teach your children that it is acceptable to feel down whenever a game has been lost, and that every win and loss should be seen as an opportunity to learn something new. Adequate respect for sports coaches, sports officials and rival teams is also of utmost importance.
Children who keep active and fit can grow up to later in life be a good role model to other children. It is a never-ending cycle of teaching and learning. Encourage your children to accept the potential risks and to make mistakes. A child should never be allowed to feel bad because he/she failed. Nobody sets out to fail from the get-go.
Kids should be encouraged to take part in as many sports activities as possible. After every training session or game, children should also be able to leave the experience with encouraging, positive feedback that can be used to better his/her skills.
Always be active parents, no matter what the situation may be. Parents should lead their children by example. Go out on bike rides together, play dodge ball or kick some ball in the park. Just be a part of your child’s life and help them to steer clear of the negative elements who do not want to see them succeed. Once you have this healthy routine in place, both you and your child will be much happier.
Erica Smith is a fitness fanatic, who has played several sports at a highly competitive level. She is also the coach of her local women’s football team. Although she doesn’t think it’s necessary to push her children too hard to follow her path, she firmly believes in making sure that they are active. She recently held a mini softball tournament for her children and their friends and bought a trophy from www.csk-trophies.co.uk, in order to inspire them to work hard.