Children are joyous and active, spending most of their time on activities that make them laugh and that involve a lot of movement. However, there are kids who don’t show much interest in physical activities. They may prefer laid back activities like, well, watching other children play. Perhaps your child is one of them?
It could be because he lacks skill or motivation, and a little impetus to create the interest for sports would do the trick. And once he discovers the fun in games, there will be no turning back. Here are 7 tips to make your child love sports.
1. Buy him new sportswear
Few things will excite your youngster more and motivate him to join sports. New shiny sports clothes and shoes will take him to a sports mood.
It’s a simple, yet powerful way to get your kid to do sports. Combine it with some sports equipment and your son or daughter will need nothing more to get started.
2. Play together as a family and build his confidence
Whenever possible, collect the whole family together and . Your child will learn the fun involved in sports and will look forward to the next. He may even play with sibling and friends when you are away!
When playing at home, make it clear to him that competition isn’t bad and that losing is normal. The idea is to introduce him to the fun of sports in the relaxed atmosphere of his home. Later on, when he is confident enough, he will start playing at school.
3. Frequently send or accompany your child out to play and suggest a game
It will make him understand that you like it when he is physically active. And knowing that you approve of a certain game will make him want to play more of it; after all mommy and daddy want him to play it.
4. Watch sports TV channels together
With time, your youngster will develop an interest in sports after watching them on TV. And in trying to copy the moves he has seen being made by the sportsmen and sportswomen on TV, he will find himself already into sports, automatically. But don’t let him keep glued to the TV for hours- which brings us to the next tip.
5. But remember to limit TV time
Make playtime be playtime. You should not limit the time young kids take to play. Perhaps for bigger kids, there could be some other things you may want them to do. But they will still need to be allocated time to engage in games.
6. Buy your child toys
Toys make your child become physically active and at a young age. Once this trend starts, it’s unlikely that it will wear off and your child will continue to love sports. Jump ropes and balls especially are a must have in your house. Your goal should be to provide things that will keep your kid active, so they carry this trend all throughout.
7. Attend sports competitions
Every time you attend a sports event, don’t leave your youngster behind. You can and attend as many of them as you can. It’s okay if your kid supports a team, in fact, it will help to boost the enthusiasm for the game. Once they learn enough about the game, you will be surprised how they develop a passion for it, and it and will even participate in it at school.
As a parent, you have the power to mold your child to like or dislike something, just the way we mold them to uphold virtues and shun vices. It’s therefore pretty easy to make your kid love sports. Once your child develops that love for sports, the rest will be easy, you will not need to press him on again. But it helps if you develop it while they are young.