A Love of Sports Can Be So Much More

Contributed Post by Luke West


Being a dad for the first time is always an exciting prospect. Having the opportunity to raise a person as your own can be an incredible gift, and most people will be delighted to have the chance to go through this process. You will be able to teach them your favourite skills, help them to achieve their own goals, and, most importantly, give them a strong sense of which sports team is the best out of the bunch. To give you a hand with the latter of these responsibilities, this post will be exploring sports, and all of the benefits it can provide to your child.

Photo By Danny Reyes

Photo By Danny Reyes

Team Work

Working as a team isn’t an easy task, and a lot of young people struggle with this sort of work, with most schools falling short when it comes to having students work together. This doesn’t mean that teamwork isn’t important, though, as this sort of skill will be important to your child throughout their working life. Sports are an excellent way to teach this skill, with a huge amount of the games people play revolving around two groups of players. This can give your child a head start which they’ll get nowhere else.










Kids All-Stars Teams. Photo by Danny Reyes

Kids All-Stars Teams. Photo by Danny Reyes

Fitness

Over the last couple of decades, children around the world have been suffering with increasingly challenging obesity issues. Food is getting more sugary, and it’s easier to get your hands on something bad for you than it is to eat a healthy meal. It’s impossible to play most sports without burning some calories. Along with this, having time on the field will push your child to think about the body and their health more often, as they will feel a direct impact if they don’t work on this area enough.

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Healthy Competition

Humans are competitive animals, and it’s hard to escape the need for this in life. As a survival tool, being competitive makes it possible to get enough food, find a suitable mate, and even associate with the right kind of people to improve your own chances. In normal life, though, this is more useful when it comes to securing a good job. Sports can encourage your child to be confident and willing to compete for what they want, whether this is on the pitch or in a boardroom



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Drive & Motivation

There are few things which drive someone better than sports. When you’re actively engaging in an activity like this, it will be hard to ignore areas like health and fitness, but this influence can go even further. With a lot of schools offering scholarships to exceptional athletes, your child’s commitment to sport could force them to commit to their school work. They won’t be able to go on to work on their sport if they don’t do well enough with their exams and coursework, making it easy to push your child in the right direction with a sport like baseball or football.

Photo by  NeONBRAND

Photo by NeONBRAND

Role Models

Finding positive role models can be hard in a world filled with modern media, especially for a young boy. Players like Parker Sniatynski, though, are much more than simple athletes, as a lot of these professionals have interests in other fields. Sniatynski, for example, studied economics during his time learning how to play baseball. With dreams of working in this field as he retires from sports, his life is a great model for success, and similar stories can be used to inspire your child to be a good person.

Photo by  Kelly Sikkema

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

A Chance To Thrive

Finally, as the last part of this to consider, not every child is able to achieve well academically. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have skills or talents, but, rather, that they simply don’t get on with this sort of work. Having the chance to throw themselves into a sport could present an excellent opportunity to thrive, and this is something which they may have never gotten from anywhere else before.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of getting your child interested in sports. There are lots of reasons to go down this route, and this post is only scratching the surface. Sports can build a strong bond between you and your child, will give you something to talk about long into the future, and can even provide you with opportunities to spend more time with your kids. Of course, though, not everyone is interested in sports, and you can’t be disappointed if your little ones aren’t as into it as you are.

Photo by  Channey

Photo by Channey

By Luke West

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