For whatever reason, many parents automatically think a daughter should get involved with dance or gymnastics while a son should play football, baseball, or basketball. However, no gender-related sports exist, just activities that could be enjoyed by both boys and girls. We recommend you sit down and talk to your child, asking the type of sport in which he or she is most interested. Instead of pushing your child to do what you want, which is a common mistake that parents make, use this opportunity to provide an outlet for your child based on his/her likes and dislikes.
For children who are not naturally athletic, numerous organizations throughout the country have special programs that would still allow a child to participate in an activity but without the high level of competition. One of the best organizations is the YMCA, which offers all types of sports, physical activities, and professional guidance. Now, if your child shows interest in a sport that you and/or your spouse are involved with, then you could start teaching the basics.
No matter the organization, if your child loses interest or simply does not show improvement in a sport, then you could try something different. Obviously, the last thing you want is to watch your child go to different games only to be miserable the entire time. Getting a child involved with a sport serves many purposes. In addition to those mentioned, sports also offer physical activity for getting and staying in shape, building confidence, and teaching the importance of working as a team but if your child is not having fun, then forcing him or her to continue would do more harm than good.
Remember, in addition to actual team and individual sports, various physical activities are available. In this case, you might introduce your child to chess, drama classes, debate, etc. With this, your child would still be taught discipline and teamwork but more in using brain power than physical power. For whatever sport or activity your child ultimately gets involved with, be sure to offer praise for accomplishments while leaving correction to the coach.
Look, even if your child never makes it to the Olympics, getting him or her involved with sports or another type of activity helps build strong character. With this, your child would feel more confident, understand how to get along with peers, and have a newfound appreciation and respect for adults. All of the lessons learned could be taken into adulthood and used in the business world to reach incredible success.
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