In this article, we’ll strive to look beyond the obvious benefits of physical health and will detail the importance of sports in development of children’s personalities.
1. Life Lessons
When playing a sport, the child gets opportunities of making new friends and school friendships are one of the strongest friendships that lasts for a lifetime! By training together, the kids develop a bond of mutual trust, comradery, team spirit and a sense of belongingness.
They play together, they learn new tricks and skills, they win and they lose together. They learn the invaluable lessons in teamwork, learning how to lose and finding grace in that loss, learning lessons from a loss and putting the team first and putting yourself at a second place for the benefit of the entire team (selfishness).
Such life lessons can only be learned on the field through a sport and not in a class room!
Following rules is Another thing which would help your children. The main problem we face these days with children are, they do not intend to follow the rules. By performing in sports, they have to follow the rules and this would assist you and your child as well.
3. Developing Patience, Perseverance And Dedication
Through sports and participation in competition, children can develop the motivation to improve and avoid defeat.
By working hard at every practice and staying focused on their goal, children build persistence and learn the importance of patience, and in the end, realize that hard work pays off.
This translates to life in general – setting out to accomplish something requires dedication and perseverance over a long period of time.
4. Confidence & Self Esteem
It’s not necessary that the children have to be good in a sport. The most important thing is that they are dedicated to the sport. They should have the ability to learn and follow the instructions of the coach.
When they achieve milestones, they get the applause from the coaches, peers and the training staff. This helps in boosting the self-esteem and confidence of the child.
When the children grow up, they carry this positive self-esteem and confidence and that shows up when they go on and become responsible citizens!
The above-mentioned reasons are rarely discussed. These might be intangible reasons but these are extremely important as they are part of the formative years of the children.
An adult can join a sport any time but if a child misses, he will have no chance to look back! Hope this helps!
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