Why sports can be good but not essential for kids

Why sports can be good but not essential for kids

Maybe it’s the Super Bowl happening this weekend, but I feel like I’ve seen many thoughtful posts recently about kids and sports. They run the gamut from being okay with the fact that kids may not want, or be able to play, on a team to the benefits gained from doing so.

Whether your kid is an athlete or not, the perspectives of these parents are interesting food for thought.

For parents wondering if there’s value in watching sports on television:
Football as my daughters’ enrichment? I’m becoming a fan.” by Jennifer Kuhel in On Parenting – The Washington Post

“Maybe it was the relentless exposure. Or Tony’s enthusiasm. Or maybe I finally saw that enrichment didn’t have to be so refined. Maybe we could just have fun huddled around the TV on a Sunday, united in our hopes and prayers that our losing team might one day be a winner.”

For parents of kids who have an injury preventing them from playing the sport they love or who didn’t make the team:
Sorry You’re Off the Team. Helping Your Injured Athlete Move On” by Dr. David Anderson on Your Teen Magazine
“Teens may not be ready to accept it right away, but not being able to play a sport does not mean the end of who they are or the prospect of finding other enjoyable activities. When you’re so defined by one thing that you’ve lost, it can be hard to outmaneuver that all-or-nothing thinking that suggests that you’re nothing without it. We want to remind teens that their peers can and do value them for more than just their athletic talent.”

For parents whose son just isn’t interested in playing sports:
No, My Son Doesn’t Play Sports… Really It’s Ok!” by Kerry Foreman on Huffington Post

“The self-worth gained from a parent who says ‘you are enough’ is valuable beyond measure. That parent opens the door to more. That parent learns more about their child and more about themselves than ever before.

We owe our boys more than funneling them into a system they don’t fit into. If your boy isn’t an athlete… guess what. It’s okay. They are going to be okay.

You are enough, and so are they.”

For parents whose daughters love to play:My Letter To Every Girl Who Plays Sports—and her Parents” by Molly Fletcher

“No matter what the score, you win when you control your attitude, concentrate the best you can and do your very best. It’s only about you and your team, not about your coach and parents, who have all the support in the world for you. Because the courage, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the confident leaders of tomorrow, and we love the you that you are becoming.”

For parents who aren’t fans of the violence found in pro sports:
How violence in professional sports is ruining games for kids” by Mary Widdicks in On Parenting – The Washington Post

“I used to agree with the idea that youth sports were a way of channeling children’s explosive bursts of energy in a controlled environment. However, the more I observe, the more I’ve started to question whether highly competitive sports are as healthy as I once thought.”

For parents who see sports as a metaphor for life:
What I’ve Learned About Parenting From Football” from Mamalode

“As a football fan, I used to feel a bit sad whenever my team punted the ball. Now that I’m a parent, however, I’ve come to realize that knowing when to punt is a key skill and one that can keep you in the game. In both football and parenting, sometimes it’s best to recognize that you didn’t get where you wanted to be but you’ll have a chance to try again later. A chance to regroup can be key.”

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