This month in the Wellness Hub we’ve featured the benefits of team sports, but where do you start if your kids aren’t currently involved in any? While staying home because of current health concerns, you might have a chance to get to know your kids’ preferences and explore what they want to do in the future. Here are some ideas for helping your kids pick a team sport to get involved in.
Learn Through One-on-one Fun
Activities with the whole family can be exciting, especially if they’re fun and active. However, you might not learn the nuances of each of your kids’ preferences in a group setting. Plan time to take part in activities with your kids on a one-on-one setting whenever possible. This will give you special bonding time with them, and you can learn more about their physical strengths, weaknesses, and the activities that really excite and engage them.
Watch Sports – Even Reruns!
Sports seasons might be on hold at the moment, but there are lots of reruns to watch with your kids. If you don’t think an entire game would hold their attention, try funny sports blooper videos or compilation videos of the best plays in a game. If something seems really entertaining to them, explore it further! Learn about the rules of the game and see what they think about it.
Team-Oriented or Independent?
Do you know if your kid thrives more in a team setting or are they more independent? Depending on their personality, certain sports can be more appealing to kids than others. If a kid is very independent, several sports can offer the benefits of being on a team while challenging them on a personal level. Activities like gymnastics, swimming, golf, and track give them team experience. Field games like football and soccer could appeal more to kids who thrive in a more collaborative environment.
Try them all!
There’s nothing that says a young kid has to be locked into one sport or hobby for the rest of their lives. Sports are even played in different seasons, so you can try one sport for a season, and move to another in the next. Give your kids the chance to change their minds if they don’t think an activity is right for them. That way, when they do find their passion, they know you are there for them, on or off a sports field.