Discovering sports as a family can be one of the most satisfying ways to find hobbies you all love – not to mention a way to stay healthy and happy! If you want to get your kids into sports, then the best way you can do this is by discovering sports together. You might wonder why this is so important, but there are actually numerous benefits:
- Improved strength
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved critical thinking skills
- Improved self-discipline
- An increased awareness of right and wrong
So you see, not only are sports going to be something enjoyable you can all do, it’s going to teach your kids some valuable lessons and help them to become better people.
Below, you’ll find a few things you can do that will help you discover sports as a family:
Make Events Of Sports On TV
Playing sports is obviously a great way to get into sports, but don’t underestimate how great watching sports together can be. When watching sports on the TV, make an event out of it. Make a few healthy snacks and get excited about it. Get your kids excited by talking to them about it and telling them interesting things. Start them young and make it an exciting family tradition!
Play Sports As A Family
Playing sports as a family is so much fun, and you can buy baseball lineup sheets and other bits and pieces to make your game time even better. If you have kids of different ages, make sure you’re choosing sports that everybody can easily get involved in. Some sports may not be suitable for younger kids, so you may need to be careful. You don’t want them to end up hating a sport just because they weren’t the right age for it when you introduced them to it!
Take The Time To Explore New Sports Together
Take your time. You don’t want to explore a new sport every single day, or even every week. Spend time talking about the sport, playing it, learning interesting things together. If your kids seem to like a sport, spend longer on it.
Discuss What You’re Learning And How You Feel
As you continue learning and playing sports, have open discussions as a family? What are you all learning from it? How do you feel? This is a great idea if you’ve tried martial arts together, for instance. You can talk about how you all feel stronger and ready to handle what life throws at you, as well as the interesting things about martial arts you’ve learned.
Work Towards Goals
Having a goal can sometimes help everybody to stay focused and have fun. For instance, using the martial arts example, you could have a goal of completing a pattern perfectly with no errors. Then a goal of achieving your next belt. Write down these goals one at a time.
Watch Your Language
Make sure you’re positive in the way you talk about sports, and when praising your kids, praise their effort (not talent). The language you use can make all the difference!