Playing a sport has many advantages, such as: improving self-esteem, coordination, physical health, etc. Also, when sports are team sports, it helps them learn to work in groups with adults and peers.
It is, therefore, very important that parents inculcate the practice of sports activities to children, especially those that children like the most. But sometimes it is difficult to get children to play sports for many reasons. For example, sometimes the choice of the sport to be practiced is not right the first time, and other times it is not yet the right time to start practicing it.
Although it is difficult, parents should try to find a way for their child to be active with an activity that he enjoys. Parents should be open to their child's proposals as they may want to try sports that are not offered normally. They must be attentive to the reasons why the child does not want to play sports and insist to be able to instill this practice in them.
- You don't get it right the first time. Some kids don't find the ideal sport for them until several tries. It is possible that the child tries a sport, and for different reasons, he does not like it and does not want to continue practicing it. It is important that parents accept what the little one decides, since if they push the choice it can be negative. Adults must support him in his decision, since doing the opposite can generate a rejection of the sport. If you didn't like that particular sport, there are many more you can try. Over time you will find the activity that you like.
- Is the time right? Another problem that often occurs is that the child has not been interested in sport for different reasons, such as, for example, that he does not yet have the necessary skills to understand the rules that guide a specific sport. Given this reason, parents should not force or force the participation of their children in such specific activities, but they should encourage. Therefore, adults can consider other options than sports until the child is ready. The option is to use games that keep the child moving and thus encourage them not to lead a sedentary life. Games such as tagger, hide and seek or going to the park to practice free play help them move and serve as a prelude to a more specific sport.
- How is the boy. Each child matures at different rates so their height, weight and abilities are different compared to each other. Being taller or shorter, being more coordinated or not being so are the variables that make the child feel uncomfortable practicing a certain sport.
In addition, it is possible that children due to the overprotection they receive at home have fear of hurting themselves or perfectionist children who act out of fear of not being able to keep up the proper pace. Parents have to stop and think about their child's strengths, abilities and personality to help him find the right activity.
Individual or group sport will be better for the child depending on these abilities. The objective will be that the child does not get frustrated, does not want to continue playing and does not move away from the sport.
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