You don't want your child to be a bully nor do you want her to dread team sports. Athletics has a lot to offer kids, both physically and mentally. The key is to lay the foundation for them to have a good attitude.
Dr. K.C. Wilder, Ph.D. in sports psychology and author of Tour de You, shares important tips for positivity and fostering a healthy competitive attitude to be successful.
With many children forgoing fitness for the video game controller, it's your job to make staying fit fun. Younger children need exposure to physical activities to instill an active, healthy lifestyle. As important as boosting their health, children develop social skills, coordination, and creativity through playing sports and physical activity.
Take your child to local sporting events and share your interests. Children will show natural preferences for sports, so expose them to what you've enjoyed and support their interests.
Sports should be a part of fitness and happiness, but not the only part. Integrate activities that focus on the fun and not the win. Allow time for an "off-season" to develop social and family connections.
Teenagers are happy, successful athletes because they saw their parents enjoying activities. Children develop self-esteem from activities and learn how to be resilient through physical activity.
Recreational activities such as indoor rock-climbing, surfing or swimming in a safe, local pool or lake (with a lifeguard present) give the same health benefits as organized teams. Free play develops creativity, imagination and teambuilding.
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