Getting your kids involved in sports when they’re young has a lot of advantages. First, playing a sport can be a fun way to make sure that your kids get regular exercise and physical activity. Also, kids can learn and practice social skills and figure out how to play as part of a team. And sports and activities are a great alternative to screen time.
However, sports may not be for every kid. Some kids don’t do well with the environment that can be present with team sports. Maybe they were on a team at one point and didn’t have a great experience. Or, it might be that your child hasn’t found the right sport or activity for them yet.
Encouraging your kids to be more active is great! Sometimes, individual sports like martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, or skateboarding are the alternative you both might be searching for.
In individual sports, the focus tends to be more on a child’s skills. Rather than comparing their skills to others, kids compare their skills today to how they’ve done in the past. Recognizing individual improvement can boost self-confidence and give kids a sense of accomplishment. These positive feelings go a long way in how much your child enjoys a particular activity, as well as their interest in continuing it.
Focusing on activities that your kids seem to enjoy has a lot of positive benefits. If you’re unsure how much your child will enjoy an activity, find out if the program or class offers an introductory or starter option. This will give your child the chance to see if they like participating before committing to a long-term program.
The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia is a Black Belt Leadership school that integrates life skills training into every martial arts class. Your kids will improve focus, discipline, respect and confidence all while having fun!
To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today!