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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