Monday, May 30, 2011

How To Get Your Kids Inspired To Play Sports

In this day and age there are many kids who would rather sit inside and watch television rather than play outside or do physical activities.  Many parents I know force their kids to play at least one sport just to make sure the child is active.  I don’t completely disagree with telling a child they must pick one activity but I also think that a child should be encouraged and inspired to play.  My son loves playing and these are a few things I’ve done to inspire him to love sports:
1.       Practice together-Kids love spending time with their parents plus if you take time out of your schedule to practice then it shows your child this activity is worthwhile.  I recommend starting with a very minimal amount of time at first based on your child’s age, ability, and interest.  Even setting a timer for 5 or 10 minutes at first will show them they don’t have to spend endless time practicing.  Make it as fun as possible.  I usually have my son practice a skill for a few minutes then play a game that reinforces that skill.  It helps for them to see you laughing and having a great time.  Make sure you keep your patience no matter how annoying your child is being.  It’s so important to teach them that this is fun!
2.       Add a little friendly competition-Schedule a low key game once a week with a few friends.  My son’s friends meet up to play different sports a few times a week.  This enables your child to associate the game with friends and it’s more relaxing to play without a formal practice or game.  You don’t have to make it into a huge play date.  The other parents and I just send a quick text to each other that says something like, “At the basketball courts until about 4 if you guys want to stop over.”  Usually at least one friend will stop over.
3.       Watch professional games-If you can afford it go to a major league game or just watch some on television.  I make special snacks and watch the games with my son.  It’s not just about the game it’s about hanging out, eating awesome food, and developing a love and understanding of baseball.  Our little league sells tickets to go to local minor league games and we all go together.  These games are much cheaper than major’s games.  Even going to high school games can be so much fun.  We meet up with a couple of other families and have a blast supporting our high school soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.  Plus your kids know that someday they’ll be playing for these teams too.
4.       Make it a family thing-Schedule a family competition once a week.  We have “Soccer Sundays” throughout the whole summer.  We barbeque, set up a couple of soccer goals, make up teams, and challenge each other to a pretty competitive game of soccer.  Usually the adults only play once but the kids can usually go at it for hours.  The added bonus is they are EXHAUSTED and ready for bed much earlier than usual.  I always feel like a good mom when I see kids outside, being active, and having fun with their family.  It’s such a great combination.
5.       Consider lessons-I know lessons can be very expensive.  My son likes pretty much every sport but I try to really focus on improving just one per year.  This year he took batting lessons with a professional coach.  The difference in his hitting was unbelievable and he has so much more confidence.  He wasn’t that into baseball because he had a rough year last year and struck out pretty much every single time.  Now he loves playing because he is doing so well.  As with anything in life,  it is so much more fun to do the things you’re good at.  It’s much more fun as a parent to watch your kid hit the ball than strike out too!

What do you do to get your kids excited to play sports?  Let me know if any of these ideas work for your family!

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27 Comments:

At May 30, 2011 at 6:20 PM , Blogger lorialcorn2006 said...

Im following you from the blog hop yesterday Hope you will follow me too you have a great blog !
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At May 31, 2011 at 5:07 PM , OpenID goskinnyexpert said...

Good for you for posting this. I'm striking out against childhood obesity. We need to see more posts like this!

 
At May 31, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Blogger kyna said...

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At June 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Grace said...

Great post and I agree with you. I was sitting today thinking about my upcoming visit with my grandchildren and thought you know we are going to play jump rope this visit. I'll teach my grand daughter the rhymes I use to say when jumping rope and it will be great exercise for them. Two are boys but you know...boxers jump ropes. :) Another suggestion I would make is when they are not doing sports I use to love to read books by my sport heroes. I learned some great batting techniques from Carl Yastrzemski when I read his book in middle school. It encouraged me to go out and try them out and they worked!
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At June 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous The Penny Wise Chick said...

New follower from the Thirsty Thursday hop. Happy (almost) Thursday. You have a really nice blog here! =)
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At June 2, 2011 at 1:02 AM , Anonymous Cynthia said...

I was thinking about this today! My kids don't know how to sit still so I was thinking sports would be perfect for them.

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At June 2, 2011 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I wish my kids were interested in sports. NO matter what we do they just don;t like it. I too am worried that my kids arent active enough (my own fault) I am your newest follower

 
At June 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Jenny Sulpizio said...

GREAT article. My daughter doesn't enjoy sports all that much which is tough since I was a college athlete and her Dad was pretty good in his day too. Our sons are interested but we have definitely had to realize that whatever makes them the happiest, will make us the happiest.

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At June 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Valerie @ My-2-cents said...

Hello, I am a new follower. I would love it if you would visit my blog and follow me back at Valerie @ My-2-Cents

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At June 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Laurie said...

Love this article, i forwarded to hubby.
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At June 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Blogger LINDY LEGENDS AND OTHER SUCH NONSENSE said...

Great advice, my eldest can be quite reluctant when it comes to sports. I'm your newest follower from the Thirsty Thursday hop! I'd love it if you would stop by my blog when you get a chance!

 
At June 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Hope Ford said...

I was thinking about this just last week as we are planning on homeschooling and I wasnt quite sure how to get them interested without being in a school environment where they have so many options...good ideas!

Following you from the Thirsty Thursday hop! :)

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At June 2, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Little Lilly Love said...

Thanks for stopping by A Little Lilly Love, I'm following you back:) I think your blogs so cool!
and I loved this post, my oldest asks to play soccer every season but we always end up sitting on the sidelines because he's so shy, I'll be trying some of your tips:)

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At June 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Kelly L said...

Good post - my youngest was a competitive gymnast until the 20 plus hours a week took it's toll on her at the age of 9 - it was crazy... Now she and my oldest play tennis and love it - get to enjoy the outdoors and play on the school teams.. Sports also help the child to be more alert - social - organized(for most- not my eldest lol)
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At June 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM , Blogger bluebell screams said...

I think the biggest key is family participation. I've seen a lot of parents try to push their kiddos into sports (or any activity really) without being actively involved in it. My dad was like this. If the parents aren't interested, why should the kids be?

New follower from Thirsty Thursday!

 
At June 3, 2011 at 12:02 AM , Blogger Camille said...

Hi! Found you on the Blog Hop! My parents always encouraged me to play sports and I am so glad they did! I am your newest follower and I would love to have you follow back if you want to!
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At June 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM , Blogger notyetayummymuumy said...

Found you via my sister, now following your fab blog, would love it if you followed back x

 
At June 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Kristy said...

Great blog! I'm a new follower from the hop! Can't wait to read more!

 
At June 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Kelley said...

New follower from Sat. Blog hop
Have a great weekend.

 
At June 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Blogger blueviolet said...

I did the same thing and introduced one at a time. If they liked it, we continued the next time, if not, we tried something else. We also did a lot of informal things in the yard. That made it so much more fun, rather than stressful and competitive.

Following back and delighted to meet you!

 
At June 4, 2011 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Jen M said...

New follower from Saturday Blog Hop! :)
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At June 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

I'm a new follower from Surfin' Saturday.

 
At June 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM , Blogger Praises from a Wife and Mommy! said...

Good Post! I am following back! :) I hope my kids play sports too!

 
At June 5, 2011 at 12:33 AM , Blogger Adriana Iris said...

following back thanks for the comment and stopping by.

 
At June 5, 2011 at 1:33 AM , Blogger Brenda said...

I am your newest GFC follower from the Saturday hop, hope you will swing by and check out my blog at WV Stitcher . Have a fanastic week.

 
At June 5, 2011 at 2:45 AM , Blogger Clairity@Hip2bMom.com said...

Thanks for the follow, following you back now.

 
At June 5, 2011 at 3:58 AM , Blogger TracePoo said...

Thank you for following! I'm now following back.

Great blog post! My son is only one, but we are trying to show him by example that exercising can be fun. I hope it pays off. :-)

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