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Benefits Your Child Reaps from Sports

You may have heard about children benefiting from sports, as well as their parents who are so happy and proud of what they have achieved. But what exactly are those benefits? We know that constant physical activity is good for health, but besides that, what else?

Below are seven key benefits your child will experience when he gets involved in sports:

Healthy Lifestyle

Exercise as part of your child’s day to day routine teaches him the importance of fitness. With good nutrition, this plays a central role in achieving and sustaining good health. Kids have to be physically active every day, and sports involvement is helpful in terms of meeting this need. A child who is active in sports develops exercise as part of his lifestyle, and is hence more likely to become a healthier adult.

Higher Self-esteem

A child, upon realizing that he is doing better and better at his sport, will be able to feel a sense of achievement. When you choose a sport for your child, you are giving him an opportunity for self-esteem building. When you give positive reinforcement as a parent, his self-confidence will increase and his view of himself becomes more positive.

Better Goal Setting

Goal setting and success couldn’t be without each other. Sports participation gives your child a fun and effective way to learn the skill of goal setting. He will see for himself how it works. As your child learns the skill, he gets an improved chance at succeeding in life.

Better Teamwork Appreciation of Teamwork

Sports teach kids about teamwork and the effects of their actions on other people. If they can’t play productively with their teammates in a game they love, how can they work productively with future co-employees they may personally dislike? This indeed is a highly important lesson they should learn.

Time Management

When your child’s schedule includes extracurricular activities, he will be encouraged to learn time management and prioritization. He learn to put responsibilities, such as homework, should always come first. It can become their first encounter with the need to prioritize. Then help your child come up with a plan that allows him to handle his responsibilities efficiently while still allotting time for sports practices and competitions.

Resiliency

Errors should always be minimized in sports, but we remain human. Errors happen. Even the most famous athletes have made bad choices and bad plays, but it’s not their mistakes that matter. When a child learns how to manage errors, challenges and adversity in sports, he is likely to use that skill in real life situations, in which he can effectively reduce his mistakes or bad decisions and bounce back from a setback.

Fun!

Positive experiences play an important role in the growth of a happy and healthy person. Sports offer plenty of opportunities for positive experiences, both for your child as a person and your entire family. “Sports parents” get the chance to witness their child’s enjoyment and development as an athlete and more importantly, as a human being.

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