Encouraging Kids to Get into Sport

Encouraging Kids to Get into Sport

November 2, 2016 Off By Tyson Palazzi

The benefits of children playing sports from an early age are plentiful. Given the increase in childhood obesity it is a key way to reduce or even eliminate the possibilities. Alongside this it helps children’s bodies develop and mature as well as teaching them teamwork, discipline and focus amongst other things. Sometimes however it can prove to be difficult to encourage kids to get into sports or they can lose interest once approaching their teens. There are a few ways in which you can make it easier for you to get your children to want to play more sport.

Avoid Being the Pushy Parent

Be careful not to be overly forceful with your children when it comes to pushing a sport on them. Everyone likes different things and these interests can change over time. With children this can be readily apparent and something which they used to love doing they might simply grow out of. Alternatively, there might be a sport which you really want them to do which they don’t want to get into. You must avoid the trap of being too pushy as you are more likely to drive them away from it than towards it or it could be that they only do it begrudgingly which will affect your relationship with your child.

Expose Them to Many Sports

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There is a way to be encouraging without being too pushy. A great way of doing this is showing them as many different types of sporting activities as possible so they can make up their own minds what interests them and what they really want to do. By doing this your children will be more engaged and committed with the sport because it is something they have chosen to do. As well as this there might be lots of sports out there which they would like to do but simply weren’t aware of. Show them as many different sports as possible and there is sure to be something which grabs their attention.

Play Sports with Them

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There is a way to be encouraging without being too pushy. A great way of doing this is showing them as many different types of sporting activities as possible so they can make up their own minds what interests them and what they really want to do. By doing this your children will be more engaged and committed with the sport because it is something they have chosen to do. As well as this there might be lots of sports out there which they would like to do but simply weren’t aware of. Show them as many different sports as possible and there is sure to be something which grabs their attention.

Reward Achievements

If your children are going to take part in more organised sports events, then check to see that they are properly rewarding kids for achievements. Basic things like handing out soccer trophies complete with engraving to personalise them can really make someone’s day and push them on to strive for even better things.