When children are not participating in sports, they are missing out on a number of opportunities. Read on to learn ten reasons why your children should play sports.
- It’s a Great Outlet
Children are usually filled with pent up energy and when they sit around the house all day, they are more likely to use this energy for mischief. Giving your child the chance to play sports allows them to find a positive outlet.
- All Ages Can Play
No matter how old your child may be, they will still have the chance to select a sport and play. Parents can keep tabs on their little one and make sure that they are participating a sport that is truly appropriate for their age group.
- Guiding Their Development
Our kids are not always given the push that they need during the development process. By allowing them to play sports, you are giving them the chance to think outside of the box and learn something new about themselves in the process.
- Making New Friends
A child that has taken an interest in sports often struggles to find like-minded kids to spend time with. When they join a team, this problem is solved immediately.
- Learning Grace
Kids are not always the most magnanimous winners and they can also struggle with losing. Team sports teach kids how to win with dignity and how to maintain grace and poise in the face of defeat.
- Opening Doors
There are children who will display a special aptitude for a certain sport and there is only so much that a parent who is not directly involved in the process can do for them. A great coach can push a gifted child to new heights.
- Avoiding Screens
If a child is not able to participate in sports and remain active, they will simply retreat into the world of screens. Sports keep a child from spending too much time watching TV, playing video game or surfing the Internet.
- Maintaining Priorities
Sports offer older children a chance to focus on the right priorities, at an age when many of their classmates are giving in to negative temptations to fit in with their peers.
- Access To Scholarships
To piggyback on the last point, children who spend their younger years focusing on team sports are often able to parlay their hard work into a much-needed college scholarship. Their hours of training will often pay off in a major way.
- Additional Mentors
Whether it is a teammate who takes the child under their wing or a coach, children who engage in team sports are able to benefit from the advice of additional mentors and develop bonds that can last the test of time.
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