Parents, if your kids aren’t playing sports, you better pay attention!
Besides the fact that I’m a full-fledged sports-junkie and an obvious advocate of children growing up with sports, there are many proven benefits of being a young athlete.
The growth factor
Sports can play a major role in the growth of your little one, both physical and mental. Children are constantly growing, and an active body at a young age is very important. Athletic kids are generally healthier, less prone to obesity and disease and enjoy all the great health benefits that sports have to offer. In addition, competing at a young age can do wonders for your child. They can learn many valuable lesson throughout their childhood, such as commitment, teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship and learning how to get back up after being knocked down. Also, these little athletes have high self-esteem and self-confidence, they are less likely to feel depressed and they build healthy habits that carry on through life.
Another key part of growing up is education. And being a student-athlete has many benefits. Scholarships can be a reality for your child, and there are many amazing schools that may end up opening their doors for him or her…a great education for free – sign me up!
It’s a win-win
Sometimes your kid will win, sometimes he’ll lose, but whatever the case, everyone is a winner! When children are busy spending their time playing sports, they are also busy not spending their time getting into trouble. In today’s age of screens and controllers, it’s important to make sure that your kids goes out and gets some fresh air, runs around, gets some scrapes and bruises, sweat and all… don’t let your kids rot on the couch in front of the TV, or lay purposely in bed with their iPad. If they start young, they’ll find the sport that they love and they’ll stick with it. Teammates and coaches become family, friends and good role models. Athletes are heroes, so why not let your little one aspire to become one?
When your child plays sports everyone wins, especially your little champion.