Why have your child participate in
Participation in sports gives a child a higher level of self-esteem and
a more positive outlook on life. It teaches your child
goal-setting, and the pursuit of excellence. When we think of
sports we often think of football, soccer or basketball, all of which
are team sports. However, team sports are not for all children.
Some kids may tell you that they do not like to participate on a team.
You must first evaluate the situation to try and find out why you child
feels this way.
Is your child stressed?
be feeling stress because they are trying and failing at performing the
sport. This can easily be remedied by extra practice at home,
sports camps or private lessons.
that you are participating in might just be too competitive for your
child. Look for a new league who's philosophy coincides with your
Are they intimidated by the coach?
can be offended by being corrected by the coach. Again, talk to
your child and let them know that the coach does not mean to single them
out and if they listen they will see that the coach is talking to
everyone the same way.
Is the sport right for your child?
not have found the right sport. Maybe you need to expose them to
more activities and they will find that there is something they enjoy.
It may not necessary be your choice for them but you must remember they
need to be happy and have fun!
If you are
encountering this problem spend the time to give some honest thought to
your child's strengths, abilities, and temperament and then find the
activity that might be a good match. Keep your expectations
realistic, and let your child know that exercise is very important but
fun is the goal.
Team sports or individual.....
children an individual sport is more appealing because they want to
succeed on their own. There are plenty of activities other than
the standard team sports that your child can participate in that will
keep them fit and boost their ego. Some examples are:
mind the goal is to prevent your child from feeling frustrated and
wanting to quit. Your intention should be for them to love what
they are doing and should be having fun. Sports and physical activity will come naturally
when they enjoy what they are doing