Sign Up for Spring Sports!
Spring is just around the corner. And for many parents, this means that spring sports sign ups are occurring at your local recreation departments. The good news about spring is that most rec departments offer a wide variety of sports to choose from, from soccer and baseball, to softball, gymnastics, and field hockey, plus many more. Chances are, there is an activity that will suit your child's personality just perfectly!
As a mother of 4 daughters, I never in a million years thought that my children would be so involved in sports. Yet they are. All 4 of them play fastpitch softball beginning in the spring until late November. Although the time, money, and effort on my part it takes to get them to their games and practice (along with being the wife of the coach) is exhausting and sometimes overwhelming, I have to say I think all kids should be involved in some sort of activity.
Don’t get me wrong. You should enjoy the lack of structure when you have a child under the age of 4 in your home. But once they get a little older, and show an interest – sports coupled with positive parental involvement can be one of the best things you can do for your child. For young kiddos, practices held once or maybe twice a week are just enough to keep them busy without wearing them (or you) out.
I am a firm believer that sports keep kids out of trouble, and that the lessons they learn on the field, or in the gym with their peers, are life lessons. Life lessons that cannot be taught inside the home. Plus, they are getting exercise, building self confidence, learning how to socialize, becoming part of something bigger than themselves, and finding a productive outlet for all their energy and frustrations.
Having teenage twins, I have to say that if it were not for sports, I am not sure how they would be spending their time. Practices, games, tournaments, and the like keep them busy and have definitely played a huge part in keeping them out of trouble. When I gauge their behavior versus some of their peers of the same age that are not involved in anything extracurricular, there is a MASSIVE difference.
Even if your child isn’t the competitive type, or shies away from group sports – encourage them to do something this spring. Sign them up for a recreation league – and by all means volunteer to coach. While you will come across some parents who take things way to seriously, chances are you will come across more parents who – like yourself – just want their kids to get off the couch and learn something new.
Does your child play spring sports? Have you seen positive results from them doing so?
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