Are there benefits from enrolling your children in sports? The answer is yes, and these benefits outweigh the costs. Many fear involving their children in sports because of the risk of injuries, some negative cultural messages about winning and losing, and over involvement by parents.
Sports can be seen as a conduit for learning many lessons in life that can only be learned through experience. One of the most important lessons that children learn from sports is discipline. There are several levels of learning discipline. The first one is showing up to a place on time and being ready to work, sometimes this lesson works for children and their parents. Another lesson is working with a team and sacrificing your personal needs for the good of the team. Children also learn to be supportive of others via offering positive comments to teammates, and cheering on others. Compassion is another lesson that is commonly taught especially when a player gets injured and everyone takes a knee and then cheers and claps for the injured player once she or he gets moving again. Sports also teach children about the value of hard work and pushing their selves past their comfort zone and working hard to achieve. Child athletes also learn about losing and how to accept loss and move on and how to stay positive in the face of disappointment.
We have involved our children in sports from early ages and have noticed that they have picked up all of the previous mentioned lessons. One of the best things that we have noticed about our children during and after playing sports is that they have developed increased confidence in their selves. This confidence has transferred over to other areas of their lives such as academics, social situations, and things that have yet to be revealed.
Please understand that I am not saying that sports is the only way children can learn the life lessons that I have mentioned but sports allow these lessons to be learned in a fun and supportive environment. Sporting events also allow families to come together in support of each other, in other words, there are many aspects of involving your children in sports that are beneficial to children and their families.