Tuesday, July 15, 2008

HEALTHY VIEW OF SPOR TS

From FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

TODAY Tuesday July 15, 2008

 

By Dr Bill Maier

 

Most kids love sports. But not all of them are meant to be athletes. Organised sports are a great way to expend physical energy and develop skills like teamwork and coordination.

 

Healthy competition teaches kids how to win and lose gracefully. Sports also help kids make friends, and helps build self-esteem.

 

But sports need to be kept in perspective. Not all kids are wired to be competitive and sometimes parents or coaches focus too much on winning. Kids feel pressured to perform beyond their abilities and when they can’t, their self-image takes a plunge.

 

Encourage your child to play sports, but let them choose what they want to play. Praise them whether they win or not. And, make sure that their coach is a good role model.

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