Sticking to Sports
When your kids are younger, it’s sometimes harder to keep them from playing sports than to convince them to stick one out. But as they get older, many teens would rather hangout with friends than play a sport, even if it is one they formerly loved. For parents that can mean a tough conversation. While arguing with teenagers can be difficult, it is important to remind them of the benefits of participating in organized sports. Don’t fret if your kids aren’t training to be future winter Olympians, these tips will ensure they stick to a sport.
For younger children, there’s no shortage of athletic pursuits to enjoy. In a single week, kids will have basketball games, swim meets, gymnastics lessons and dance classes. As your kids get older and the time commitment for each sport increases, a busy schedule becomes difficult to juggle. We recommend helping your teen focus on just one or two sports. Not only will your kids be happy to get some extra free time, but a lighter schedule will give them the ability to fully devote themselves to their favorite sport. It’s the perfect way to teach the value of sticking to difficult tasks.
As some teens age, they may determine that traditional sports just aren’t for them. While it may seem like blasphemy to those of us who grew up valuing time outside, competitive video gaming has experienced a surge of popularity over the past few years. While the “sport” may lack the athleticism we typically value, competitive gaming is a great way to instill the less athletically gifted among us with important lessons about teamwork and achieving a goal. Surprising as it sounds, competitive gaming is gaining huge amounts of recognition worldwide. Not only are top games broadcast on TV, but some colleges are even offering scholarships to skilled players.
Another alternative is to consider switching out team sports for a gym membership. As teens become busier with larger school projects and commitments, a gym offers them the flexibility to work out on their own time. Gyms can also be a great place for teens to hang out with friends. Unlike a sport that has a set practice schedule, your kids and their friends can grab a few refreshing SunnyD’s, and play a pick-up basketball game or swim laps. Best of all, starting a workout regimen early can help your teens create the healthy habits that will last a lifetime.