With the digital era reigning its glory and keeping our children further away from physical activities, we have to do something about it. Sports is suppose to help a child’s development and make them have fun at the same time. Through sport they will learn determination and healthy competition.

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1. Give time for them to develop the basics first

Help your child develop the essential basics motor skills. Going out on a bike ride or playing on the playground helps them develop confident and skills to overcome obstacles. According to Cynthia R. LaBella, M.D., Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, “getting your child outside for at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day will give her time to master the basics.” 

 

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2. Support their interest in sports

Continue to help your children develop their interest in sports in a slower pace and not to encourage them in an intense manner. This might lead to a very stressful child and maybe your child would end up hating sports as it can be a traumatic experience for them. At a young age, they need to expose themselves into two to three type of sports and soon as they mature, they can decide on their own. All they need now are support from their parents.

 

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3. Let your children decide

By now, your child could have develop his or her interest in the preferred sports that he or she seems to like. As a parent, you should ask your children which sports they would like to join rather than expecting them to pursue a specific path.

 

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4. Let them know that sports have commitment too

Every passion has its commitment and sports are no exception. Parents need to explain to their children once they have set their interest on a certain sports and wants to pursue that particular sports. Children would need to know how much time and effort they need to keep doing what they love. Some times they may seem to have given up but the parents would need to keep supporting and encouraging them to continue their passion. According to Glenn Kashurba, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Somerset, Pennsylvania, “If they stick with it for a while, their skills will improve and they might like it enough to play another season."

 

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5. Don’t just focus on the score

Always remember that having your children playing sports was to help their social, physical and emotional development as well as their skills and talent. So, when you find yourself encouraging your children to much on winning rather than the experience it brings, keep in mind that they are only children and they like to have fun. Do not push the score of the game on them too much and focus on their fundamental development the sport brings.

 

 

 

Source of Article : https://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/teach-your-child-to-love-a-sport/