I have always wondered if things would have been different if I’d had the courage and confidence to join the basketball or field hockey team in school. Would I have been more involved and confident as opposed to shy and a wallflower? That is one of things that I would do differently if I had a chance, be more involved in sports.
I feel like group sports are so important to be a part of because it’s more than just a game. When kids are involved in any sport it gives them exercise and physical activity. It teaches a child how to be a team player and a leader. It builds confidence and social skills.
With that all in mind, I have always encouraged Keyan to play sports. We started enrolling him in a Parent and Tot soccer class when he was two. He seemed to like it at times and other times he just wouldn’t participate. I didn’t want to force him because then it wouldn’t be fun anymore but I still wanted to encourage him to be involved in an activity. We tried a couple other sports and then one day, out of the blue, he told me he wanted to play basketball. So basketball it was! We signed him up and excitedly waited for the first day. We’ve been to three classes and so far he’s been loving it!
He’s been participating, listening to the coach’s direction and generally having an awesome time. All with a big smile on his face.
And seeing Keyan having such a great time, Kyah wants to play sports now too. In her words, “Mummy, Teyan pay bastetball. Tyah pay sotter.” Translation would be, Keyan plays basketball but I want to play soccer.
She will be two years old next month so I will be signing her up!
It seems that the key is to encourage them and give them the opportunity to experience different activities and sports and then they will tell you what they love best.
How did you decide what sport or activity to have your child participate in?