Play Hard: The Concerned Parent’s Guide to Inspiring Your Sporty Children

Bouncing On TrampolineThere are many ways in which sports benefit your kids. Apart from the physical advantages, encouraging children to pursue sports allows them to grow interpersonal relationships with other children. Competitive sports also teach kids to value losing graciously.

It is, however, natural to be fearful for your children’s sake. You want them to explore sports without putting them in danger. The good news is that there are ways that you can make that happen.

Try New Sports at Home

Children could explore various other athletic activities instead of the more popular choices like track and field or martial arts. George Nissen and Larry Griswold invented trampolines for the purpose of helping to train astronauts in 1934. It gained popularity over the years as a recreational activity. Trampolining is now also recognized a competitive gymnastic sport after its introduction in the Olympics in 2000.

Your children can try trampolining safely in their own backyards. A rectangular trampoline, for example, can have accessories attached to it for additional safety. A net enclosure protects the children from falling out while jumping. An attached staircase ensures easy access to get both on and off the trampoline without risk.

There are many athletic options that kids can explore in a safe, familiar space. But sooner or later, they will have to interact with other children as well. Luckily, sports help with that, too.

Encourage Team Sports

Team sports help give children a sense of responsibility and independence for it enables them to learn how to negotiate with their team members. Losing and failing in competitive team sports is also vital to the learning process. It is through losing that children learn how to not fear failure and how to lose and comfort each other as a team.

Coaches advise parents to give their children freedom when exploring team sport for their emotional well-being. They need to learn to want to do things because they want to do them, not because their parents are watching.

There is more than one way to play, just as much as there is more than one way to be safe. Sports are a healthy way to explore one’s physical limitations and potential. And a little bit of encouragement can go a long way.