Most parents I know place a lot of importance in their kids' playing sports and put their children in sports at an early age in hopes that they will play in middle/High school. Now, I have to admit that sports have always bored me to tears, but trying to get beyond my own prejudice, I still don't see why so many people see it as all that. I understand wanting your child to be active, but plenty of kids manage that without playing formal sports. I also get that you learn about teamwork and getting along with other people, but there seem to be other avenues for learning those skills as well. I just don't understand what the fuss is. Can someone enlighten me?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 10:26 AM on Mar. 1, 2010 in General Parenting
Answer by mamaada at 10:30 AM on Mar. 1, 2010
My daughter who is four loves cheer leading, dance and soccer. We let her do these activities because she likes them not because we want her to do them. If she does not like something why spend the money and make her do it, I am not the type of parent to force their kid into a sport, I let her choose what she wants to do. Like now she is showing an interest in racing (my family is really into auto racing and have been involved for years) so we are having her a racing go cart built. If she does not like it once she starts then we will either sale out or let the youngest one try it if she wants but I am not going to force them.
Answer by lapcounter at 10:31 AM on Mar. 1, 2010
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Answer by my2.5boys at 10:34 AM on Mar. 1, 2010
I think you do have a point. I don't think it is a big deal....but at the same time I will sign my son up for a sport or activity he is most interested in. Right now he wants to do skate boarding and we have a local skate park with a shop that offers lessons across the street. I don't believe in over scheduling children who have dance, music lesson, gymnastics, and soccer all at the same time and run around car pooling and having to have a social secretary just to fit in a phone call with a friend. But certainly one activity is good. I will do it for two reasons: one for health. My husband and I work out, run, swim, bike, do yoga - for health not to compete and we are not obsessive with it. Who cares if we miss a night or a month of working out? We only hurt ourselves. The more important reason: because children see and judge themselves through how other children see them.
Answer by frogdawg at 11:34 AM on Mar. 1, 2010
This means that if my son is picked on or has peers who doesn't see how great he is at school - his self esteem lowers. I want him to have know there is a bigger world than just school, to have peers who share a common interest unrelated to his school, and can have a wider range of peers who don't view you in the same way as your school mates and teachers do. Your teacher may see you as a hard worker but sloppy. Your karateteacher may see you as dedicated, exacting, and focused.Â When you like activity you are involved in (it can be a non sport like art) and good at then your self esteem can be higher.Â You enjoy something, your good at it, your working to improve your skills, and your parent is taking the time to support it financially, by providing transportation, and showing up.Â I think I will support my child's interests and go from there rather than stress potential scholarships or careers.
Answer by frogdawg at 11:45 AM on Mar. 1, 2010
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