Playing sports has great physical, mental and emotional benefits for children. It is important that all children play some sport. Some children, however, prefer staying indoors and glued to screens. Here are a few ways to encourage your children to develop an interest in sports.
Don’t Overdo It
The world of sports has the power to change lives. The future of your child can look bright and sparkly but some parents go to great lengths and end up overdoing it. Signing your child up for after-school sports coaching is good. Hard work at an early has great chances for success but it can also backfire sometimes. Give your child the freedom to choose the day when he/she wants to practice and when to sit back and watch.
Accept What Your Child Wants
Avoid being fixated on one particular sport. Allow your child to choose the sport he/she wants to play. Accept what your child wants to do in life as disregarding can backfire.
Watch Games with Them
There is nothing better to build your child’s interest in sports than to watch the games at the venue with them. When a child sees sports action first-hand, they learn new tricks which are missed on the screen. This also allows them to see themselves on the ground playing in the field.
Equip Your Children with the Right Gear
The biggest discouragement for children to stop playing a sport is not having the ability to practice. This happens when your child does not have the right resources. Whatever your child is playing, make sure that he/she has everything needed to practice and play that sport.
The Key is Discipline
Playing a sport needs practice with discipline. This will be established over time but being a parent, it is your responsibility to start. Establish rules and ensure that they are followed. Eating well, limiting screen time are a few things that should be set by the parents.
All the best!