Parents pushing kids in sports
Provide guidance and encouragement by listening to -- and observing -- his needs, while exposing him to a range of activities. He remembers telling a buddy a few years back that his daughter was getting into golf after giving up competitive gymnastics because of injury. The traveling team won the tournament, likely because Dylan stayed, his mom says.
Should a child be forced to play sports
He played baseball at the local park with friends or in the backyard. Some kids simply don't like sports. Parents want their children to have what they may not have had. That, by the time he gets to high school, he'll be tired of baseball. Tyler and his brother both play on separate year-round travel baseball teams and also manage to play football and basketball on their local park district teams. His son Aidan has been in almost constant pain for several years after being diagnosed with a disease partially caused by being pushed to play sports through injury and affliction. Several men who coached with Cullen agree that he was tough, but none described him as crazy. Playing one sport exclusively isn't the perfect solution either. Back in Illinois, Henson works to keep her boys' sports expectations in check. The lack of belief in himself tends to perpetuate, and is a difficult trend to reverse. Eric Kalenze, Director of Education Solutions for the child-development research firm Search Institute, made precisely this point in his under-appreciated book Education is Upside-Down. An opportunity to overcome a challenge is a great chance for parents to show their children they are capable of achieving anything they put their mind to. But how much is too much? The son suffered his first injury when he lost a tooth on a Brentwood basketball court.
He's doing all sorts of kid stuff. That information may be a shock to competitive parents and exuberant coaches.
There are many positives, Hughes says. Otherwise, encourage your child to continue and give things a little longer to settle down. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, research shows that participating in sports during the toddler years doesn't add any long-term advantage for future sports performance.
Today, he's seeing kids as young as age 7 learning the skills at elite training facilities, some that focus on specific sports and others on overall fitness. But then later on, when I got better, I started liking it more. Some kids simply don't like sports. It's building a skill.
Are you pushing your child too hard?
While it is good to let your child try a variety of sports to see what he really likes, you shouldn't sign him up for too many at one time.
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