Thursday, April 23, 2009

IT’S ONLY A GAME

By Dr Bill Maier

When it comes to organised sports for kids, there’s the good, the bad, and the downright ugly!

Sports can be a great way for kids to keep fit and learn the importance of teamwork and competition.

They can develop strength and coordination, and increase their level of self-esteem.

Sports also give kids an opportunity to build friendships. And good coaches make great role models.

The downside is some parents and coaches focus too much on winning, creating an air of tension and pressure.

When kids lose, their self-image takes a beating. And unhealthy competition is a breeding ground for physical and emotional injuries.

Team sports are great for kids, but they need to be kept in perspective. Let your children choose which activities they participate in, and get to know their coaches.

Praise them when they do well, and praise them when they don’t! It’s only a game, and kids need to see it that way.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 23-April-2009
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