Teaching kids about sports
One of my main motivation in sports, is to integrate it in to my kids lives. My aim is, to make it flow in their blood vessels, to make it an integrated part of their lives, not just an option, but the most natural thing in life. It is not an easy task, but I see it as a long term investment, and I believe, that from their point of view, and from my own, it will show immense return.
“The dark side”:
- Kids normally show demotivation, as soon as a movement is not immediately executed in a perfect way, and start moaning. I think it might be a good idea to help them through this stage with a little push, and determination. (Personally, I do not support the idea of immediately giving up, as soon as a sport is not appealing for the first time.)
- We have to spend a lot of time teaching them, to make them self-propelling. However after a certain point, they will catch the game, and will easily learn by themselves
- You have to do it together, because only then will you be honest, and this takes time and energy
- It can be expensive, as doing any kind of sports today will leave you with an empty wallet (equipment, sports gear, season tickets etc..)
I had to write all that, since as a responsible parent, aiming for raising your kids in an honest way, one has to take into account, all the difficulties that come with the job.
But let us see what we gain though:
- A healthy way of life, that will follow through their lives
- A healthy muscular proportional body, good blood flow (it is a proven fact that blood circulation develops during childhood, and that you cannot catch up a past experience in sports as an adult, that someone has done during their childhood.)
- It enhances their sense of balance, and coordination, which in itself increases brain functions proven by scientific studies: the basics of motoric movementscan and should be encouraged at an early age, to further school maturity
- Doing any kind of sports will automatically help healthy eating. It is difficult in this day and age to develop a good and healthy diet. Doing sports can indeed help with this most difficult task.
- They will have much less time to spend in front of a computer, in virtual worlds, or partying and other harming activities
- It will use up their otherwise immense amount of energy – personally, I think that they spend far too much time sitting in school per day anyway
- It will bring returning activities with parents – I, to this day go skiing with my parents each winter, it is like a holy family ritual (for example, I take the kids to sailing school each summer, so that later when they are grown up, there will be common ground for spending time together, so that they may take us parents on holidays)
- Creativity, endurance, discipline, stamina, and patience will show up in different parts of life – such as school work and later in their professional lives as well
- Sportsmanship, and the rules of sports will smoothly pass over to other parts of life – in children this will mean, that they will develop a healthy and natural empathy and good values for the future
- Community building and teamwork – I love to take part in relay races with my kids
- It will most certainly develop their supporting skills, as well as a passive love for the game – for example: I much rather watch a game of sports on television than anything else. My experience is, that I like to watch a game of football, handball, water polo, or a swimming, ice skating, biking or running competition, rather than letting them spend hours in front of some debilitating cartoon or any other time wasting show, while at the same time, I teach them the rules of each game. They also get to know the human part of the game from the viewer point of view
- It will help to get to know and process failure and success, as well as to develop a healthy approach to competition
- It will help to explore our surroundings, and to use the possibilities given by the living space around us: we normally spend our summer by lake Balaton, which is why I have chosen summer sports that were served on a silver plate. I like to call them folk sports, such as sailing, surfing and waterskiing
- Even I have tried out different kind of sports thanks to spending time with my kids as it will keep me young, and at the same time it will keep my sense of playing around, my curiosity and daredevil self alive. For example: climbing walls, waterskiing, wakeboard, surfing and skateboard. And this is just the beginning!!!!
- The main question is not if they do sport or not. The question is: What kind of sport(s)?
- Some sports are obligatory: swimming all year round, skiing, ice skating and one summer water sports by choice, this could be sailing, surfing or kayak
- After school curriculum is chosen by them, therefore Hanga goes to athletics, the boys play football, basketball and chess
- We also do so called leisure time sports on our days off, constantly under expansion: biking, wall climbing, skateboard, skating, tennis, pingpong, waterski, wakeboard, surfing and kayak – without any routine, just ad-hoc, how life and our mood allows
I would like my children to grow up surrounded by natures beauties, and to teach them not to spend their grown up lives solely in an office in front of a computer screen under the neon lights. I would like them to have other goals in life than that. I would like them to keep their freedom, to appreciate the joy of sports, and to love nature.
In this stressed, virtual, greedy society of ours, I believe enjoying and experiencing sports on a daily basis is the most perfect way of getting out of that matrix. This is in one way instinctive behavior, but also educational, it is up to us to inspire or deter them, and this is our responsibility as parents.