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Kids love sporting events. Even kids that are not very physically active and dynamic enjoy watching games. It is the parents who are divided. Some parents do not like the children going to watch sporting events or children enjoying sports telecasts on TV "all the time". Some other parents want their children to do exceptionally well in sports.

Here are a few aspects a parent must understand when dealing with a child's interest or lack of interest in sporting events.

Do Not See Yourself In The Child

The kid is your kid. However, this is no guarantee that he or she has inherited your interests and abilities. A good point is to remember how different you are from your parents in terms of attitude, interest, and ability. It might be tempting to re-live your hopes and ambitions through your kid. If your kid shows the same interests and abilities as yours, it is well and good. Otherwise, let the natural interests and abilities of the child flourish.

In short, whatever be your attitude towards sporting events let it not become a hindrance for your child's approach towards sports. If he or she likes to attend sporting events, let it be. On the other hand, if he or she has other interests, do not compel him or her to attend sporting events.

The Advantages Of Taking Kids To Sporting Events

If the child shows genuine interest in sports and displays natural skills, then it would be better to take him or her to sporting events. Watching their heroes in real life will encourage them to do better in their level of sports. In addition, if the child is good at the game, he or she will pick up some tricks and strategies from the game. Many famous sports persons have revealed in their biographies that watching the performances of their favorite players during their childhood was a powerful motivational factor for them to work hard to improve their skills.

Other than the motivational factor, children will get a feel of the atmosphere of a big game. It is different from that of the practice or warm-up games. In real games, one has to perform in front of a large and often vociferous crowd.

What Parents Should Understand While Attending Their Children's Sporting Events

Off late, one can witness an annoying trend in school championships and junior championships. Some parents abuse the players of the opposing team (or sometimes, players in the same team). Some of the parents usually cut a sorry figure in the gallery, abusing the referee, the coaches, and all other players for what they perceive as the below par performance of the child. If the child does well, then they cut a sorry figure by over-the-top celebrations and ugly gestures. On most of the occasions, their actions embarrass their kids too.

Many organizations and schools conduct orientation classes and awareness sessions to teach parents the right etiquette on the sports ground. These classes teach the parents (or intend to teach) to show a sportsman spirit. Every parent likes to see his or her child emerge victorious. However, if the kid is defeated by another kid, then they should accept the fact and appreciate the other kid's ability.

Compliments of Reed Terry