Times have changed, and we see kids these days holding onto electronic gadgets everywhere they go. Ever wish they could let go of their electronic devices and be more active in their daily lives? One way may be to make your child start playing sports. Sports can not only help your child stay healthy, but at the same time it could develop and enhance life-long skills that are vital for them.
Besides health benefits, how does playing sports also benefit your child?
Playing sports helps exercise your child’s brain
Sport can have a positive impact on the development of children’s minds. According to a research, being involved in physical activities gives your child an opportunity to strengthen their memory, exhibit faster reaction time and have a higher level of creativity. (1)
Playing sports helps develop your child’s self-esteem
Having high self-esteem is essential for your child. It enables them to be able to feel confident about their ability to cope with the challenges in life. It is also a validation of themselves that they are worthy of being successful. By playing sports, it provides your child with the opportunity to see the results of their effort. When they train hard and see success, that’s when they develop self-esteem.
Playing sports help to teach your child teamwork
In today’s society, most jobs require interactions that involve building a healthy relationship with others. Hence, teamwork is an essential skill required. By playing team sports like basketball or soccer, it helps your child learn the importance of working with their team where each one has their parts to play to achieve success. By working together, they can also learn from each other and hence improve as a team.
Hence, with all the benefits sports have on your child, it is essential to encourage your child to start playing sports since young. The lifelong skills they can gain from playing sports will bring them further in life.