Health and Wellness

How And Why You Should Get Your Child Into Sports

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When your children are young, they’re usually very proactive and bursting with energy. You can see for yourself; they’re climbing on the dog, jumping on the sofa, their bed and running around screaming with joy and not a care in the world. Fortunately, at around ten years old they’re just growing out of a phase where their hyperactivity is short lived and only surfaces in short bursts. The sad part is, they begin growing up and other activities soon encapsulate their life, like school, homework and helping around the house with chores.

They have in fact entered into a new, exciting but demanding part of their life, where their bodies are becoming stronger, fitter and they’re mentally understanding the world on a deeper level. The need role models, good mother and father figures in their lives because they’re now ready for guidance and can comprehend why they’re doing what they’re doing. Sport is an extremely important extracurricular activity as the doors in their mind open about themselves, society and what it means to achieve and be successful. These lessons will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and you as their parent, have come to a crossroads where you have a chance to instill within their character determination and permanent life skills.

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Don’t force them into it, rather encourage and educate
Sports have been since time immemorial, a measurement of physical and mental prowess. They can put pressure on an individual in ways that no other activity can. When choosing a sport for your child, involve them in the process, talk to them about what they like, they may have a favorite team in a particular sport, talk to them about it and see if they would like to emulate them in a sporting environment. Don’t push them into something you, want them to achieve in as a personal accolade for yourself.

Allow them to try different sports, and in doing so, you must be prepared to drop them off pick them up from the location the sport is held, at awkward time schedules during this wide examination. Additionally, you must let your child play 2 to 3 sports every year so different skills can be learned rather than sticking to a monotonous routine of only one sport. Of course, as they get older, and academic challenges become more important, they will drop the sports they least enjoy and keep the one they do.

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Get involved with your child’s sports
By getting involved in your child’s sporting activities, it shows you care about them and provide them with a firm backstop as moral support. You should be all who they look up to and become their role model. It’s all well and good to take to them their practice sessions, but it’s comforting if you stay and watch them while giving vocal encouragement. If it saves you time in your workouts, get them to join in or go to the park playground with them and join in the fun.

Family bonding is crucial at this point in their lives because they’re still learning human
relationship skills and building trust. Sit with them and shop online for their equipment and give them a say in the styles and colors picked will be their own choice reflecting their personality. Instead of relying on product descriptions you should read the reviews of certain gear they’ll need; for example, if there are products that are perfect for youth baseball they will have been tried and tested. It’s much better to learn about what they need and what to buy, rather than forfeiting learning for cool aesthetics.  

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Keep sport as a positive force in their lives
Child obesity has become a real issue in modern Western society and children are all too often, given high-fat and sugary food to stem their cravings. Sport is the antidote to obesity and will stave off early onset diabetes. Akin to adult society, the social peer pressure children face around their body image is becoming an ever-increasing issue. Rigorous sport gets kids into shape, liking the fact of being fit and at the right weight for their age.  

Never use physical activity as a form of punishment, on the contrary, it should be used as a reward. If you child finishes their homework on time, eats their vegetables, helps one of their siblings or taking care while doing their chores, reward them with a trip to the park where they may play on the children’s activity resources. Punishing your children with strenuous movement can have a negative effect altogether because they start seeing it as something to avoid.
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Healthy lifestyles require healthy food
In order for your child to stay in shape and possibly retain their position on the school team, they need to know the importance of lean meats, and consuming vegetables. There are fun diet books for kids that can inform them, and help them better understand the complexity of molecules they eat. To maintain their bodyweight and muscle mass, get them to help you cook a meal and give them the task of prepping the salad of vegetarian dish. Children have an amazing capacity to absorb information; thus you should try to make cooking and learning about nutrients fun and rewarding. Ask them about their day and what they did at school as the peel a potato or dice an apple with the child knife. Bonding while they learn radiates positive vibes and happiness in sharing a moment.

How sport impacts their later life
Sport is a wonderful foreshadowing of what they’ll face in the future. They will learn how to become confident in their ability, self-discipline will foster within them to not only set goals but to stick to them; without the need to be pestered to do so. They will realize what leadership skills are and how they can become a pillar of knowledge and strength in among their peers. These life skills will become invaluable when they are at a higher level in academia. They will have the discipline, self-belief to stick to deadlines, commit themselves to the course, pay attention in class, and do their assignments while taking pride in detail and getting it in on time.

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