Building Kids’ Self-Esteem with Sports
Kids face many challenges today. There are pressures they must work through that we, as parents, grandparents and caregivers, didn’t have to consider in our wildest dreams when we were children. Social challenges, academic challenges and safety issues are just a few. Some children greatly feel the pressure and it affects them on a very personal level, sometimes more than we realize. It can weigh on them and make them feel isolated, scared and alone. It can affect them negatively socially, physically and academically.
We try to do everything that we can to make sure our children are growing into happy and healthy adults. Even though it can be tough to find the right formula, there are some consistent findings and professional studies that show kids lead healthier, happier lives by doing one thing. Participating in sports.
Children who participate in sports are found to benefit physically, socially as well as emotionally. They also tend to perform better in school, including improved grades and standardized tests scores, which is a considerable benefit.
Whether it be soccer, tennis, cycling, baseball, gymnastics, dance or any other number of organized sports, each one can help boost your child’s physical and mental health and well-being, and that’s a pretty powerful thing.
While organized sports are quite beneficial, they can sometimes be more than a little expensive. The good news is, participating in sports doesn’t have to be in a formal setting. Encourage your kids to get up and get moving in whatever way they enjoy most. Going on a regular bike ride with the family or having a game of catch or softball in the backyard with the neighbor kids each night is a great idea! Taking a hike looking for local wildlife such as birds, squirrels, chipmunks, deer and elk is always a fun activity. Grab a bike and ride to the park. Go for a run. Do yoga at home. Just do something regularly.
The possibilities are endless. The results are positive and can be life-changing. Regularly getting your child involved in any number of activities can work to improve self-esteem and make them a more well-rounded individual. And these benefits can last well into adulthood.
If you have a child involved in sports, tell us all about it! Also, if you have an example of how your child has benefited from being active in sports, please let us know. We’d love to hear more and to feature your story in an upcoming blog.