My kids are nicer now that they like sports

 

I have been trying to convince my children to develop an interest sports and what I mean by this is that I’m willing to support their dreams and endeavors regardless of the physical activity they will be choosing.

The golden rule to making it easy for your kids to like physical exercise is finding the right company. Even if some children might be introverts, they still have someone to talk to on a regular basis, despite the fact that they might be less sociable than others. I found this to be true in the case of my kids, as well. Sports develops a sense of camaraderie, and sometimes toddlers learn how to protect themselves and the ones they love by engaging in physical activity.

Another thing that I’ve noticed ever since I started going out and playing basketball and soccer with my kids a lot more often is that they’re nicer and more understanding. If I were to tell you a year ago that my children would be able to learn how to lose, you wouldn’t believe me. They sure had a temper, that I can tell you.

The fact of the matter is that I managed to teach them that playing is far more important than winning every time, and that’s because only by playing often you can develop a set of skills that allows you to become proficient. Competing for a cup or a prize of some sort is perhaps a good idea if you’re looking for your kids to be ambitious and understand what they want from life. However, you have to make it all about them and not the idea of beating somebody else to it.

Another thing that I’ve noticed is that my children now respond a whole lot better to rules. I used to tell them to wash the dishes and they came up with all kinds of excuses just not to do it. This doesn’t happen anymore because I’ve created a reward system that enables them to understand that they won’t go out or have fun if they don’t stick to the rules. In every game, the rules are crucial, just as they are in life because trying to bend them or going around them in some way or the other is like breaking the law. Kids have to understand that there are limits that should never be surpassed because they might get in a lot of trouble if they do.

I’d also like to add that I honestly believe that my children are much nicer these days because they consume a lot more energy and their bodies release plenty of endorphins when they work out. Running around is a strenuous activity ,and that’s how my wife and I have managed to sleep better at night, what with knowing that the kids also do it.

 

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Finding cheap boxing gear for kids is a challenge

I’ve discussed my family in another post I wrote in the past. I have two little boys, and it’s often difficult to convince them to do a bit of exercise. That’s why I decided to enroll them in a boxing class, mostly because the instructor was an old friend of mine and I trusted the guy. I knew for a fact that he wouldn’t do anything that would harm my kids in any way, so that’s why I didn’t have any second thoughts.

 

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Fortunately, my boys took to boxing rather quickly, and so I didn’t have to go to extreme lengths to convince them to accompany me to the studio on a weekly basis. I’ve read about the topic extensively in the past, and have noticed that many parents use boxing and martial arts for dealing with their kids’ anger issues. This isn’t my case, but I was looking to integrate some sort of workout routine in my children’s schedule so that they learn to adopt healthy habits and live by them all throughout their existence.

The hardest thing wasn’t talking to them and getting them to learn a bit about boxing, in general, particularly in the beginning. In fact, it was discovering cheap gear that would be useful both for them and wouldn’t force me to spend a fortune, either. There are two ways of going about things, in my opinion. Either you choose the cheapest gloves and other types of protection items right off the bat, but you have to be aware of the fact that these products might last significantly less time when compared to high-quality ones, or you invest a bit in a more high-end alternative that can stand the test of time. Eventually, I decided to choose the middle path, in that I was wary of the most affordable options because I didn’t trust them to protect my kids all that much. So, instead of getting the cheap gloves, I order the ones that were a bit more expensive but still at a price that wasn’t off-putting for my budget.

 

While many of the gloves I came across while doing my research are somewhat adjustable, I don’t really think you should focus on this particular feature. I prefer getting cheaper products that have a good fit for my kids and then selling them and upgrading to a larger size. Besides, I’ve noticed that most products on the market usually cost less than twenty dollars. Of course, 10-dollar options are also available, but be sure to check some boxing gloves reviews because there’s a high chance that you might not want to buy them once you’ve gone through the ratings.

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Another thing I got for when the kids would want to practice their boxing skills in the basement was a Kid Kick Wavemaster. This one cost more than I initially planned to spend but it’s well-built and comes with a base which can be filled with sand or water. Therefore, it’s stable enough to prevent my kids from injuring themselves.

Taking the kids to boxing practice

When I started taking my kids to take boxing lessons, most parents in school threw harsh words against me and my wife, saying we were encouraging our kids to become aggressive and that they will petition the school to have us kicked out. This made me furious because it felt like I was blamed for doing something good for my children. And here are the reasons why I think it’s a good thing.

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As you might have heard as well, bullying is one of the major issues students all over the country are dealing with these days. The social and cultural climate is simply auspicious to this type of intimidation, and only a small percentage of parents actually find out about what their children are going through. The cause of that is either fear, or the fact that children are tricked to believe the fact that they carry a part of the guilt, that there really is something wrong with them that attracts aggressive behaviour from the bully.

 

4 My oldest son had this problem in his first year of school. There was a boy who constantly picked at him and enjoyed throwing my sons belongings in the dirt and name calling him. I never learnt about it but until the boy left the class, and when I asked my son why he never said anything, his response almost made me cry: he said it was his fault, because he was too goofy. I then decided to do everything in my power to make my children realise of their rights and power as human beings, and I feel boxing can help me get there.

 

Aside from the discipline and self control my kids are making progress with everyday, they are learning that they have their own strength that can be cultivated and used in a fairplay manner, and that they deserve to be treated with respect. Physical exercise seems more fun to them if it’s presented in the form of boxing training, and I’ve never seen them more eager to make the beds and finish up breakfast than in the mornings before practice. But what really makes me happy is how proud they look when they return home. It is the look of a self-assured child who isn’t going to be intimidated anymore.

 

5 Certainly, we can’t always get them to the gym, so we wanted to give them the opportunity to practice at home. We bought a small free-standing heavy bag and placed it in the garage. They also are obliged to wear the protective gear at all times, even on the house training sessions. They have their gloves and headguards (even if the bag won’t punch back, I want them to be accustomed to always protect themselves). I also bought each of them his own pair of weighted jump rope to enhance their speed and strength.

 

In the end, even with all the malicious commentaries, I think my kids are happy and I’m glad I found them a hobby that they love and that shapes their mind and body in such a positive way.