Working in International School makes me realize that as many people from different countries that many opinions about the same thing. I also noticed that most of the people agreed that kids should play sports. I am not talking about high, competitive level, but fun, being with your peers activity. For being a professional athlete they will have time in the future – if that is what they want.
Research shows that there is a lot of reasons for why kids should play sports. I decide to share with you 6 most important for me.
1. Sport is good for kids health and can lead do a healthy lifestyle in a future.
Kids need to be physical active every day. Participation in recess, physical education and after school sports activities fill this need. It teaches the importance of fitness, helps to get in shape, maintain healthy weight, improve their coordination and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Let your child choose sport they like even if they have to try 5 different before they find their favorite. When they get involved in activity they like it will help them to make exercise a part of their lifestyle. It also gives them right tools for being a healthier adult.
I am not talking only about physical health. Exercise also help with mental health by lessen stress and help people to feel a little happier. While being physical active kids don’t worry about anything else but being with their peers, learn new skill, they leave all their worries outside the practice. It is one of the best way of relax for them.
2. Playing sports boosts self – esteem and confidence.
Kids who play sports feel good about themselves, they build self-esteem. They have a confidence that practice and improvement help them to achieve their goal. They learn to trust in their own abilities.
Participation in sport can also help build social skills and make new friends. All of this will benefit them throughout their entire life.
3. Kids who play sports learn and experience team work and goal-setting skills.
Participation in sports gives kids practical and fun way to learn and experience goal setting. It shows how working with others can help to achieve those goals. They learn how their action affect other people and how working together can help in being successful.
It is a lesson for life. Being a ‚team player’ can help them in their future work place.
4. Builds and develops time management skills.
Participation in sports teach kids time management and prioritization skills. They learn how to take care about their responsibilities – homework, cleaning after themselves etc. Kids who are involved in sports knows how to plan their day so they have time for school work, training, relax and other things important for them. They will not skip the practice or school due to lack of time to meet the expectations of coaches or teachers. They will do their best and complete the task before deadline.
5. Kids who play sports do better at school.
Exercise improve learning, memory and concentration which helps kids to excel in the classroom. Time management skills, self – confidence, team work and goal setting are the skills they learned through participation in sports. Those are the proper tools to be successful academically.
6. Is it fun!
Kids who play sports gain socially. They make new friends, learn how to work in a team but what is the most important they are having fun! They enjoy time with their peers, learn, smile, sweat. Sports gives them much more then just physical activity.
‚Sports (when balanced with other activities) gives children the opportunity to grow into well-rounded, confident, hard-working, healthy and happy adults’
What do you think? Should kids play sports?
Have a good afternoon,