Encouraging positive sporting feelings in kids

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No matter how small a child is, he or she will always love sport (kicking foods and jumping up). Kids and sports is a great mix! It is because children and teenagers will build healthy bodies, friendships, healthy minds, and life skills when they are allowed to play sports. You will be teaching your kid to get the most out of being part of the game when they start learning sports at the early age.

There are many benefits when your kid learns sports; one of which is that your kid will experience different stages of emotions in a safe, appropriate and structured environment. Sports also teach your kid to be part of a team, bounce back from a loss, winning well, and coping with unpleasant experiences like an injury.

Sports teach kids how important it is to try hard even when they know that winning is not very sure. For example, after doing a great job of kicking the ball and running hard, your kid’s team may lose the game at the end. Your kid will learn to accept some experiences and that it is the effort they put into play that makes it a success or failure. Your kid is successful if he or she made it to the end of the game with all their best.

Encouraging positive sporting feelings
All that your child does is to make you proud, please you, and gain your approval. After every sport, send your child a powerful message to cheer them up. There are diverse things you can do to encourage your kid to perform better. You can do some encouragements at home and on the sideline.

While watching the sport together with your kids at home, be aware of your comments. Make sure you encourage positive sporting attitude in your kid by cheering up the efforts of your team. Your child will get a negative sporting feeling when you abuse a team, umpire or anyone else for a loss.

On the sideline, watch your behaviour as it has an impact on your child. How you speak, and your reactions will influence either a positive or a negative feeling on your child.

As your child gets older,  you can change your reactions to that of an adult in a winning-focused style. During this time, your child may not enjoy the sport again, and he may not focus on competition and the pressure to win again.

When your child does not want to play sport – below are some of the reasons why your kid may not want to play sports again:
– being forced to play
– losing often
– not having enough fun or being bored
– feeling they’re not as good as others

With the rate at which obesity is rising among kids, it is now better for all parents to take care of their kid’s health and fitness. It is a known fact that active kids do turn out to be active adults. However, when it comes to sports, it is more than just being physically fit. According to studies, sports have a great impact on the psychological and social well-being of kids. It also helps to teach them some life values too. Some of what sports teach kids include teamwork, resilience, less selfish, patience, dedication, self-esteem, controlling emotions, respecting authority, and learning to lose.

Author: InfoKids Team

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