Playing sports is not only beneficial for your children’s physical health but it’s also essential for their mental well-being, social and learning skills. However, for many parents it has become difficult to ignite their children’s interest in sports as many would rather spend their time playing on their computers and watching television. Here are 4 tips to get your kids interested in sports and have tons of fun doing it!
Lead by example
Children love to copy and follow their parent’s footsteps so the more active you are around them, the better. You could take them to your local park and play some football or just do some running across the field. If you participate in any sports activities, you could decide to bring them along so they can see what you’re doing and how much fun you’re having. Install a basketball hoop and teach them the basics of the game, if you prefer cycling, bring them along next time you go out with your bike.
Keep it fun
Sports don’t have to be strict and boring; it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Try to keep it as light as possible, without adding too much pressure otherwise there is a low chance they will want to carry on. You could also incorporate some more quirky sports such as BMX for example. That way, they can join a local club, enjoy some BMX tricks, however, make sure you have all the protection you need but also BMX insurance as it can be slightly more risky than a “typical” sport.
As mentioned earlier, sport should be fun, no child wants to feel like a disappointment. Make sure to always stay positive and encouraging, you don’t want your child to associate sports with a negative impression. Try positive reinforcement, saying things like “it looks like you had a lot of fun today!” or “well done for trying so hard today”. These small affirmations can really make a big difference in the long run.
Don’t be selfish
Sometimes parents can become obsessed with one specific sport, often it’s the one that they used to play they were younger. It’s important to accept that your child is a different person than you are, they don’t have the same abilities or passions. Rather than being closed minded, try to accept their choice or it may end up putting them off sport activities completely.