Youth sports is a great avenue for our children to learn many of life’s lessons such as teamwork, fighting┬áthrough and overcoming adversity, and setting goals for self improvement. ┬áJust like anything else in life, there are positives and negatives. ┬áSo before you sign your son or daughter up for your, er, their favorite sport, I would suggest that you have a family conversation and explain the options. Most importantly, make sure that your son or daughter has input into what they want to do.
As a parent, your primary job is to raise your children. ┬áThat means instructing them in things like your family religion, basic education, discipline, and of course, providing safety for them. ┬áThis last one is an area that many parents are often left to guess as to what is the best course of action in many areas. ┬áEducation is the key. ┬áAlso, very important is being realistic about what lies ahead and what the potential downfalls might be. ┬áSo here are a few things to put on your list to consider:
- ┬áSports is playing a game. ┬áIt can be a lot of fun. ┬áIt should be fun. ┬áBut as your child moves up the ladder, if they want to improve their skills, there will be work. ┬áIt may not always be fun. ┬áBut that doesn’t mean that it won’t be rewarding. ┬áWorking to reach individual and team goals is the rewarding part of sports.
- Your child most likely will get hurt. ┬áA friend who is a local chiropractor pointed out one study that shows that 97% of all people who play football will sustain some trauma to their body during their “career.” ┬áThis might mean bumps and bruises, but it could also mean sprains, broken bones, concussions, and even death. ┬áInjuries are germane to any sport. ┬áThere are steps that can be taken to reduce and hopefully prevent injury. ┬áBut injuries are a part of the game. ┬áAre you and your children prepared for this? ┬áAnd on a good note, sometimes working through an injury can help improve your child’s character. ┬áBut there is a choice that must be made. ┬áAnd you must live with that choice.
- Part of sports means letting go of your children and entrusting them to other adults for periods of time. ┬áYou must respect the fact that the coach is the head of the team and it is their team. ┬áThey will not always do things the way you think they should. ┬áThis can be a growing time for parents as well as their children.
These are just a few things to consider. ┬áTo help your child enjoy their youth sports experience, you might want to purchase my book, YOUTH SPORTS; THREE IMPORTANT STEPS TO HELPING YOUR CHILD ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE. ┬áYou can find my book on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback by clicking here.
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