If you have kids in sports you are probably always asking yourself, “is this the right thing to do?” And if you are thinking about putting your kids in sports, you are asking “is this the right thing to do?”. As a parent, we question our decisions all the time. Unfortunately the injuries and life-long consequences are all we hear about lately and that does have an affect on what we do. But sports do a lot of good too! Here are some good reasons our kids should play sports:
– Lots of Physical Activity
There is so much discussion about schools dropping PE class. That lack of activity is not good for your kids health and promotes too much time being stationary. Kids are already playing too many video games or watching too much TV. Playing sports guarantees your kids are getting some physical fitness — and its a good reason to play.
– Teaches How to be Active
When kids are playing sports it not only keeps them active, it promotes health and wellness that can last a lifetime. If your kids enjoy running for track, they are likely going to become runners when school ends. When you make healthy food choices as a kid, you are more likely to do it as an adult. It’s a great way to make sure your kids understand the importance of good health and nutrition.
– Teaches Social Skills
Whenever kids are in a group, it forces them to interact. When you are teammates, there is a special brotherhood or sisterhood among each other. It’s a special relationship that helps kids learn how to be teammates, leaders and how to better communicate in the rest of their life.
– Builds Self-Esteem
Being on a team not only helps kids interact with each other, it gives them confidence. Kids who play sports are given a lot of encouragement when playing. It helps build more than their skills, it builds their self-esteem.
– Promotes Success in School
The kids who play sports have a great understanding of learning new things. That trickles down into school. Once you learn how to learn, whether it be a play book or a reading book, you have mastered the skill to succeed in life.
There may be a lot of negative things written and said about team sports, but there is also a lot of good! Give it a try!