In our country India we do not have a sporting culture to be proud of our kids are often discouraged from taking up sports seriously. In fact, with mounting academic pressures and a race to secure a bright future, Parents keep pushing their children to fulfill their own dreams rather than their child's dream. only in this way you are able to help your child realize their own potential.
However, it is a misconception that sports interfere with academics. In fact, they can actually help aid the overall growth and rounding of a kid. There are loads of benefits attached to playing competitive sports.
There are obvious physical benefits to playing sports. With increasingly sedentary lifestyle, a range of diseases are now being seen in children, which were earlier restricted to adults only. When you play competitive sports, you improve your stamina and your overall fitness levels.
Competitive sports played at a young age also help cut down the risk of diseases such as arthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes etc at a later stage in life.
Most sports involve team play. When you play competitively, you have to coordinate with other team members for your team to do well. The social norms of the sport, such as respecting the opponent, respecting umpires etc. All this helps improve the social skills of a child.
Academic pressure is huge in today’s education system. Everyone is striving for the top spot, and the expectations of parents just add to the pressure. In sports, you have to deal with stressful situations many times.
However, by playing sports, you learn to deal with those stressful situations better. Often, you have your team members to fall back on when you are feeling stressed or anxious.
This helps a kid develop a better mechanism for dealing with stress.
Failures are a part of a sportsperson’s life. You win some and you lose some. However, the key is to put the past behind you and focus on the current game.
To succeed in sports, you have to know your strengths and weaknesses. Maximizing your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses is what gets you to the top. Everybody is not the same. However, today, we are living in a me-too culture, where every kid wants to be like that cool kid in the class. That’s called peer pressure and that can take a toll on a child’s mental health. Active sports helps a kid identify the areas he is good at and the areas he is not so good at. And when success comes his way, he becomes more assured of his strengths and talents.
With all that said, it is important that you encourage your kid to play a game that he likes. Don’t push him to play something just because a neighborhood kid is doing so well in it. Expose your kid to different sports and let him choose his passion. It is critical to derive the benefits of sports.
Your job as a parent is to help your child find his/her passion. Your mission is also to make certain that his/her passion is a positive one. Otherwise, TV, video games or the street will all end up shaping and guiding your youngster’s destiny for you.
We are a big believer that kids have fun doing “ing” things. Here’s what we mean by “ing” things. Smiling, Laughing, playing, dancing, running, jumping, diving etc.
Shashank Shriram Joshi
Motor Skill Learning India
Nashik Sports and Fitness Academy