Research has shown enough reasons why we should encourage our children to be active from a young age. Not only does it benefit their health, but it provides an opportunity to learn about teamwork, camaraderie, and discipline while teaching them how to achieve their goals.
Each year there are several major sports events going on that capture the world’s attention. Some of these events include the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Soccer Cup, Europa Soccer Competition and many other fabulous tournaments.
Many adults stay glued to their television sets for the duration of these events watching their favorite sports stars performing on the global stage. This is the time when our children develop a yearning to be on the sports field or track just like Lionel Messi or Usain Bolt.
These events can motivate children to participate in sports
Parents can capitalize on the various sporting events to help their children become interested in looking after their own fitness levels and perhaps achieve great things in sports.
There are many super sports stars and children tend to connect with many of these super performers.
If your child shows an interest in a particular sporting code or a specific sports star, you should encourage their interest.
Encourage your child by either allowing them to attend sports events; watching the sport on television with them, and encouraging them to read about the sport and the star in the newspapers.
Children need good role models
Children love to emulate their favorite heroes such as a great soccer player, athlete, swimmer or boxer. As your child begins to become enthralled with the sportsperson, you could encourage your son or daughter to become actively involved in that particular sports code.
Keep the fun aspect of a sport alive for your child
While famous sports people spend years training and honing their skills, it’s important that you only expose your child to the fun aspect of sport and training. Encourage your child to train and take part in sport at a level and pace that makes him or her feel comfortable.
Pushing your child too hard to achieve his goals and living vicariously through him, will only serve to make them feel pressurized and miserable. As long as he or she is having fun, there is a greater chance that they will make sport and healthy living an integral part of their life.
Some children may become serious about sports sooner than others. You will easily identify them as they will become almost obsessed about the sport. They will probably spend much time training and do research about the sport and their favorite superstar. It is okay to allow these children to continue along this path provided that the sport and training does not interfere with their school work.
The positive spin-offs of a sport are tremendous
One of the major benefits for parents of children who wish to pursue sports is that most of these children will not get involved with substance abuse. You can explain to your child that professional sports people look after their bodies by training hard and following a healthy diet and lifestyle.
With the right nurturing and encouragement, you might just have the next Lionel Messi plying his trade in your backyard.
by Content Cafe