How to Find the Best Sport for Your Child

List: Posted: 08/03/11

Parents want their children to have fun and be healthy, and a great way to do that is to introduce them to sports.  Choosing the right sport for your child can be difficult though, because each child has different skills and interests.  You need to make sure that you let your child put in their own opinion when it comes to the sport they want to play.  Forcing them to play your favorite sport is never effective or healthy.

 

Consider Your Child's Interests

 

Consider the sport your child likes to watch on TV, or ask what they're friends are playing.  If they already have a love for a certain sport, then you can find a local team for children, such as little league if they like baseball.  Peewee football is also a popular sport, as well as soccer or badminton.  For those who are up for a challenge, consider archery.  This teaches perfection and patience, and a considerable amount about aerodynamics. 

 

Try Out Options

 

Visiting a local sports center will not only allow your child to try out a variety of different sports, but it will also create memorable bonding time between you and your child.  Share your favorite sports with them, and explain why each may be fun.  Try tennis, soccer and basketball with them, or even take them to the batting cages.  Sometimes, what they're most natural at is what they'll have more fun enjoying.

 

Branch Out

 

Just because a sport is not as popular, such as rollerblading or bowling, doesn't mean you shouldn't introduce your child to it.  Many community centers and local groups have tournaments, practices and are readily available for your child.  Just because it might not be practiced in school doesn't mean your kid won't enjoy it than a typical sport.  Consider ice skating, dodgeball, surfing or golfing.

 

Think of Their Personality

 

You should also consider why you want your child to play the sport.  If your children are shy, a team sport can be a great way to help them combat their shyness.  Other children might do better with an individual sport that does not rely on working as a team, such as golf.  You also need to know the options that are available where you live.  Find a sport that has a team or facility in your area.

 

Participating in sports can be one of the best things for your child.  It offers exercise and fun that aren’t available just by watching sports on TV.

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