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- Finding something they liked to do
- Doing the activity with someone they enjoy being with
It can be challenging to find something kids like to do. And as parents, we all know that if kids don’t like to do something, it’s going to be a struggle. Not every kid will want to play little league or soccer, but with a bit of investigating and a lot of patience, you can find options out there your kids will enjoy. Maybe it’s Ultimate Frisbee, riding a bike, swimming or dancing– it may take several tries.
When you’re trying to find a sport for your kids, think about their personalities and what they enjoy doing. Some may enjoy team sports like soccer, while others prefer more individually oriented sports like swimming. If you’re not sure, soccer can actually be a great gateway for kids to try and see how team sports works for them. Nearly every community has a recreational soccer club.
Ask them what activities they’d like to try. It’s also great when they can enroll with a friend who can help them look forward to participating. And try to set some ground rules. When you try a new sport, explain that it will be for the whole season. Ask them to try their best and remind them at the end of the season, they don’t have to commit to doing it again. Often, kids will really grow and even reluctant players can gain confidence as the season progresses.
And that’s one of the important benefits about playing sports – it provides life lessons, can help kids develop a sense of confidence and improve their self-esteem. And you can help.
Parents and coaches can really make or break a kid’s love of sports. And we’re important role models. Kids will pick up on how we demonstrate sportsmanship. We can really set the tone for their experiences. Showing respect for the other team and officials, focusing on how well the team played rather than wins or losses, and shaking hands with the other team after the game are ways we can all help create a positive environment.
As a coach, I also always try to celebrate the successes, no matter how little. It’s not about winning the game, but trying our best and being good sports out on the field. And, to help make sure all kids feel a part of the team we always had a team cheer – win or lose – to celebrate.
If organized sports aren’t for your child, remember family activity is also a great opportunity. Going for walks together, taking a hike or a bike ride, just going and spending time together is important. It can be a great family bonding opportunity. The key is helping to create a sense of enjoyment and making sure that being active is not something they feel like they “have” to do, but instead want to do.
Looking for Ideas?
Check out American Family Children’s Hospital’s Pinterest board for ideas on fun activities your family can do together. View the board
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