We all know that playing sports can be good for our kids health. But did you know it can also be good for their social skills. Any time your kids do something different like playing sports it’s always good for their self-confidence but it can also help them enjoy other benefits.
1- Learning how to function in a group ~ Playing team sports does just that…help them play together in a team. It’s not always easy for kids to have to share responsibilities and goals with others. But competing as a team does just that. It also promotes good sportsmanship among teammates. When you win, you win as a team and when you lose, you lose as a team.
2- Teaches responsibility ~ Kids need to know when you are part of a team, each of your teammates counts on you to be there. So it’s equally important to be on time for practice and to play hard every game. When your child is late or doesn’t show up, it affects all of the team.
3- Promotes problem solving skills ~ When kids play as a team they are working together for one common goal, to win. So if conflicts come up, kids need to know how to resolve issues among teammates. Its also important to learn how to communicate with peers in a positive manner.
4- Team sports teach patience ~ It’s not always easy to deal with teammates different personalities and quirks. It’s important that kids learn patience early in life. Whether they are waiting for a game to start or waiting to go into a game — kids need to know how to be patient.
There are many social skills playing sports can teach your kids. The important thing is that they are exposed to these opportunities in life and learn for themselves.