Keeping children encouraged to stay committed to sports can be a daunting task for parents all over the world. Often children end up dreading to go to games and practice sessions. This dreadful exercise to them is then usually rounded off with a phylogenetic analysis of their entire performance during the active session. This is contributing to their resistance to sports. Here are five tips to help parents encourage their kids to remain active and to love it.
Family traditions create lasting and loving memories with children. Examples would be to identify a pump-up song for the family to play in the car on the way to practices or games. Have a special dietary treat as preparation the night before a game or even pack a child’s favourite snacks for break time. Your child will remember these traditions fondly, changing challenging experiences to great memories.
You are next to the field for support and encouragement. This is not the time for poor behaviour or to shout instructions across the area which only confuses your child and meddles with the coach’s instructions. If you are ever uncertain about what is expected, then fall back on being a quiet presence, and all will be fine.
Practice with Your Child
There are plenty of places to play the sport which your child is engaged in with him or her. Some fun in the backyard or driveway can be the perfect opportunity for your child to teach you how to play the game and make them the experts in the field. This should be a fun time between you and your child and not be confused for a coaching session unless they tell you what to do. If you can add an accommodating audience in the equation as well, then so much better.
Support the Team
Teams always need some support; whether it is in the form of snacks and drinks or cleaning their uniforms, parents can help the team and be the silent support in the background. When parents are involved, it increases the unity in the organization. This all adds to a more positive experience for all.
Something might seem completely innocent when you say it, and it can be said with the best intentions at heart, but children can read things between the lines which weren’t said at all. Asking a child whether he or she is nervous just before the game, might trigger negative emotions and doubt which didn’t exist before. Rather wish them well, telling them to enjoy the game and most importantly, telling them that you enjoy being there. Stating to a child about how much effort it is to be there and how you had to go out of your way or making any other negative remarks about having to be at an event, is sure to up the negativity towards the sport in your child.