Physical activity is one of the most important contributing factors to a child’s overall health, learning, and well-being, so when your child shows an interest in sports, it’s a no-brainer to encourage their interest, right? Of course!
For your child to display an interest in sports is definitely something to be excited about, especially in this day and age when cell phones and video games have dominated the world of entertainment for kids. The fact that your child wants to step away from the television and get more physically active can seem like a godsend!
Now, as the parent of a child who is interested in sports, certain responsibilities have been laid upon you to maintain and encourage their interest. So with that being said, one of the things you should be doing is leading by example.
I’m not saying that you need to go and sign yourself up for any type of adult league, but in knowing some of the requirements necessary for the sport your kid chooses, don’t take it lightly. For example, diet is an important factor with any kid involved in sports.
You can’t constantly feed them McDonald’s or junk food in general. If you are serious about your child getting involved in sports and want to encourage their interest, just know that they look to you for support, and if your actions aren’t matching up with their interest, then their interest will slowly fade away.
To prevent that from happening, take a look at these ways you can be your kid’s biggest cheerleader, supporting them in the sport they love.
Don’t Overdo the Encouragement
The sports industry has proven results for young athletes to gain major success in their field. That high rate of success can sometimes make parents go overboard with their encouragement, and when that happens, it can actually have the polar opposite effect of encouraging, making kids lose their interest in sports period.
Now, if you indeed do want your child to be a successful athlete, it is best to start them out at a young age. When they’re really young, you want to instill the necessary skills in them, but you also want them to enjoy the sport making them want to play it even more.
If you feel yourself starting to cross that fine line and start gravitating towards overdoing it and your child starts to lose interest, take a step back… skip a practice or two and let them experience a little boredom. Incorporating boredom in their life isn’t such a terrible thing for your kids.
It can actually be the sign you need to see if they choose to return back to the sport once the boredom sets in. But ultimately, it’s up to you to find that happy medium between encouragement and discouragement.
Be Accepting of Whatever Sport They Choose
This is also a very important aspect of encouraging their interest in sports. You have to let them find their interest. Now, there’s nothing wrong with strategically putting them in places to see and experience the different sports, but from there, that’s when you need to pay attention to your child to see what sport sparks their interest.
It’s important to realize that just because you might be a huge basketball fan and was the star player in high school and in college, that doesn’t mean that your child will take that same interest. So just be supportive of whatever sport they choose.
Invest in Their Sport of Choice
If you can see that your child had seriously developed an interest in a sport, you don’t want to waste any time in honing in that. Investing in your kid’s sports interest means investing time and money. You will purchase the necessary equipment and gear to make them successful.
To really sharpen their skills, you should consider empowering their academic and athletic capabilities by enrolling them in high-performance sports academies. The great thing about these sports academies is that sports are not the only thing they learn. Your child will gain a multitude of life experiences and lessons, as well as educational experiences that bring about cultural awareness. This is one of the best investments you can make for your kid athlete.
Take Them to a Pro or College Game
What better way to encourage them of their full potential than showing them where they could be with discipline and dedication. Taking them to a college or major league game will inspire them and show them that if those players can do it, they can too… it really shows them what their future could look like.