Should Kids Participate in Sports

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Published Aug 23, 2016

Are you and your kids going through Olympic withdrawals? Maybe it is time to consider enrolling your son or daughter in a sport. Learn about both the pros and cons regarding children and sports below.

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If you are anything like our family, the last two weeks has been full of sport, sports, and more sports. Our TV was literally blasted 24/7 with Olympic highlights and coverage (and we love it!)


However, now the that 2016 Olympic Games have come to an end it may be a pivotal point for your family to discuss the idea of enrolling your child in athletics. Below are some pros and cons regarding children and sports.


PROS

For starters, the benefits of enrolling your child in sports runs far deeper than sheer physical activity. Children who participate in sports often have higher self esteem, can improve their self confidence, and learn how to goal set at an early age. In addition to this, children in sports often become exceptionally motivated individuals, which can lead to accelerated success in both the classroom and on the sports field.


Another obvious perk of having your child participate in sports is the fact that they will gain social skills. Through athletics kids will learn how to not only communicate appropriately with their teammates, but also their coaches, referees, and competition. Again, this skill set will help them both on and off the court.


Finally, increasing the amount of time your child spends being active is obviously a benefit of sports. There is no denying that with obesity on the rise in both the United States and Canada, parents today must establish the importance of a healthy lifestyle now for their kids before it is too late!


CONS

For many people it may seem impossible for there to be anything negative about enrolling your child in sports. After all, who wouldn’t want a fit, socially confident, motivated child!?


However, once kids start participating in competitive athletics varying opinions start to arise. One leading argument of enrolling children in competitive athletics is that it takes the fun away from sports. Many children, who may not be as athletically inclined as others, will start losing the enjoyment of athletics. Furthermore, kids may be bullied, teased, or taunted by competitors, or even teammates leading them to prematurely quit.


Secondly, sports is both time consuming and costly. Many parents may feel guilty not being able to enroll their child in every hockey, soccer, baseball, or gymnastic camp available. This is often the case for single parents who do not have enough hours in the day to feasibly take three different kids to three different activities.


COACH’S NOTES

At the end of the day, it is up to each individual family to make their own decision about kids and sports. If your child is keen on athletics, and your family has the time and finances, we say go for it! However, if you take a step back and realize that you want your son or daughter to play a particular sport more than they actually want to themselves, then it may be time to reevaluate and choose a different after school activity.


If this article inspired you, ChatterBlock has a huge list of stellar local sports camp and classes that we can guarantee your kids will enjoy. Feel free to click the link above to check them out! :)


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