The fall sports season is upon us and many of us will be registering our child/ren for soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, football, cheer, etc. Sports can be a great way to learn something new, release pent up energy, get exercise and to be with/make new friends.
Most parents love to watch their child participate in an activity and show support. Our child can learn and gain so much by being a part of a team. By trying different sports, children can determine where their interests and skills are best utilized.
While it’s important for parents to encourage their child to try a sport, it is also important to be mindful of your child’s true desire. Is our intent to have our children play soccer because that is what everyone else plays or maybe because we played as a child and want our children to love the game too? Or are we signing them up because they truly want to be a part of the activity/sport? How can we really tell if a child is playing a sport for the right reasons? I feel like my children play certain sports because they know I want them to have extracurricular activities and be active. I want them to have an interest and a desire to be a part of a team. But do they? How do you instill that in a child?
A big way children learn about life and behaving properly is by how parents act at their event. Parents who encourage other children along with their own child are creating a positive atmosphere. Parents who show good sportsmanship can only positively influence their child’s character. The same is true for parents who do not display good sportsmanship at their child’s event. Children will either emulate their parents’ negative behavior, or likely be embarressed by it.
Children learn so much by our words of encouragement and how we act around others. We are doing our best as parents by showing positive support for our child’s interests, whatever they may, and helping them to grow to be a mature adult! Our children are watching and taking note.
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the July 2017 issue. All opinions are my own.