When you’re trying to steer your kids in the right direction, you may only have a few chances to give them the right impression of the activity. If they establish a fear or dislike early on, they may never want to participate ever again. So it helps to learn a little bit from other people’s experience and do your best to perform the right actions that will encourage your kids to do something healthy for themselves.
Playing sports is linked to better physical and mental health over the long term. It is also linked with general success in life, because it teaches many important lessons in a safe environment.
So what can you do to make sure your kids enjoy playing sports from a young age? First of all, you will want to make sure they feel safe playing a sport. You’ll want to make sure they start young and are good enough at the sport to feel comfortable playing with others who are at the same skill level. You also want to make sure they are playing with people at about the same skill level, so they still feel challenged while not feeling too much so.
So you need to strike a delicate balance. It is important not to force your kids to play sports, but rather persuade them through their own wants and desires, aligned with intrinsic enjoyment of the sport they choose. You may need to try a few sports before you find something they truly enjoy, but there is likely something that will fit their personality and give them a sense of challenge they will learn many important lessons from.