Help your kids define a new way to success by taking up Outdoor Sports.
Well, if you ask me, those were the best days of my life. From bad weather conditions to running noses, nothing stopped us from going out to play in the evening. Playing badminton regularly with friends was a favourite pastime. Or who can forget the board game nights spent with family? Sadly, most of us couldn’t turn our sports hobbies into passion. And after the onset of technology, all this seems to be the thing of the past.
From physical to mental benefits, a good sports education for kids can really help our children develop strong personalities. Our secular love for sports is introduced to us as our hobby and remains till there. But see examples, where kids and their passion for sports have led them to achieve greater things in life, much beyond books and cliché jobs.
For example, Shubham Jaglan is a 14-year old Junior World Golf Champion from Panipat. His passion for golf ignited well in his toddler days and his determination to continue despite hurdles and hardships didn’t stop him to set his mark in the sports of golf.
With Shubham and many more kids genius athletes like him, we entrust our faith in sports for a bright future of our kids.
What you can do to nourish and flourish sports in your kids:
- Be Selective in Choosing the Sport: If your kid feels an inclination towards sports activities, be observant about what sport do they chose and how interested do they feel towards their game. Notice their strengths and weaknesses in the game and encourage them to overcome and master their skills.
- Help them master the basics: Your kid cannot master his/her sport unless they are not habitual to the fundamental physical activity in their routine. Workouts, exercise, swimming, running and hiking are some of the good options to master your stamina.
- Keep it Low Key and Make home feel like a home: Encourage your kids to practice but don’t make it hard for your kids at home. Just make it fun for them and support their interest. Don’t try making your sports kid feel like playing will make him lose his grip on studies. Help them out – emotionally.
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- Ask out their choices from time to time: As kids grow up, their preferences might change from time to time. Involve them in conversations of how passionately are they liking the sport, what part of the game they want to master in, which coaching institute do they want to join, who do they idolize in their favourite sport, etc.
- What is a real commitment – explain them: Initially it might happen that after a few practices that your child would want to quit or is struggling to find interest in the sport or it’s harder than what they expected. But help them learn that if they stick with it for a while, their skills will improve and they might like it enough to play for longer.
- It’s important to see the bigger picture and not just their scores: Playing a sport is all about the spirit and improving your game. Don’t put the pressure of winning and rankings for your kids. Instead, discuss overall experiences with them and get to know their growth in their game. Also, never compare the growth chart of your child’s game with someone else’s.
Remember, home is the first place where your kid athlete could realize that he/she is already a winner.
Needless to say how sports can define your child’s personality and their life, not just as a hobby but as a passion too:
- An outdoor sport brings together play and learning.
- It stimulates creativity and increases concentration.
- Promotes problem-solving and leadership skills.
- Encourages Co-operative play and sportsmanship.
- Outdoor sports increases persistence and involves fun.
Today, our kids need their freedom of time to play. Outdoor sports today are not a luxury, but a necessity. It is not through the books, but through that unstructured, open-ended creative sports that children learn the varied ways of the world. While playing and adopting any sports of their choice, kids explore with all their senses and learn to negotiate with each other to create an environment of positivity and sportsmanship.
Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni once said in an interview, “We often say we don’t win medals at Olympics. But we don’t realize how many of our youth are playing outdoor sports. A lot of kids are hooked to electronic gadgets. So my suggestion to all the parents is throw your children out of the house. Let them play in the heat. Let them find their own way.”
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