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Last year, my youngest, Ben, asked to sign up for soccer for the first time. He likes to run. He likes sports. So we figured why not. Like every other parent of a young child, you sign them up for a sport and hope for the best. He had already been playing baseball for a year so I knew he would do well with another organized sport.
Soccer wasn’t new to Ben. He has grown up watching his older cousins play the sport. Going to their games and cheering them on. Playing on the sidelines to pass the time. Although my husband and I knew absolutely nothing about soccer, it’s hard not to get excited when you see your children excited about playing a sport!
Having our children active in any sport is important to us. We don’t care what they chose to play as long as they are playing! If there is one thing that I learned from watching my nieces play a wide-range of sports (from gymnastics to softball to lacrosse to basketball to soccer) is that the skills they learn on the field carry to off the field.
5 Reasons I Encourage My Kids to Play Sports
Participation in sports by children is associated with a range of documented physical, emotional, social, educational, and other benefits that can last well into adulthood.
1. Good health. Sports encourages children to move! As children get older, it’s harder to get them outside and moving. By having them involved in sports at a young age, I am instilling in them healthy habits.
2. It’s ok to fail. There is no better way to learn how to be a good sport than to fail. In fact, it’s one of the things we stress the most with our kids. You are not going to win every game. There will always be someone bigger, stronger, or faster. But…
3. Learn from their mistakes. Once your child learns that it is ok to fail, they can do the work to get better. Learn from their mistakes. Work harder. Get better.
4. Be a part of something. One of the things that team sports can give to children is the feeling of being a part of something. Being on a team with a common goal and working together to achieve it. This not only teaches goal-setting but also how to be a leader.
5. I got your back. My kids know that I will always be there to cheer them on. Whether I’m sitting on the sidelines or helping them a difficult time, they will know that I will always be there for them. It starts by showing up. To every practice. Every game. They know they can count on me to be there.
Although our fall soccer season hasn’t started yet, we are excited to watch the US soccer teams play in the Olympic Games! I remember us all watching the women team win the World Cup last year. If you would have told me a four–year-old would be excited to sit down and watch a soccer game on television, I’d tell you you were crazy. But our’s did!
Tonight, as we watch the opening ceremony, I will make sure to point out to Ben the soccer players, like Alex Morgan. As a child, one of my favorite parts of The Olympic games’s opening ceremony anxiously waiting to see Team USA. Now that my own children are old enough to understand The Olympics, I am looking forward to passing along this tradition.
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