As moms, we can be a little on the fence about sports. Especially, if we are afraid our kid will get picked on because of their size or their looks. We also become hesitant when we know the sport may be high-contact, meaning more chance for injury. I’m here to tell you why it’s important to get your kid involved even with these worries.
Learning to bounce back from the losses and celebrate the wins is important for your child. They will get a taste for the ups and downs that will come with life and learn to roll with the punches. Sports will teach them this better than we can as mothers.
Being a team player is so important in life and learning this at a young age is crucial. Being able to communicate with teammates will transfer to correlating with those around them in their daily life. Sports also introduces them to different environments and a different group of people than they normally would be around, helping them open their eyes to the world around them.
Coordination skills like increased reaction time and hand and eye coordination are two very important cognitive skills that sports will teach and strengthen. Muscle development happens naturally and sports ensure your child is never missing out on growing these skills. Balance and flexibility are also two skills that are taught and strengthen through sports. You can rest easy knowing your child will not fall behind in this area.
Sports can cost time and money, and when you are the mom- a lot of worries. It’s important to remember that the rewards outweigh the risks. Take the plunge and see the growth and success your child experiences in these great American pastimes!