In the post pandemic world, it has become even more essential to keep your kids involved in physical activities. Children have globally started to spend insane amounts of time on their gadgets, online, watching TV, playing video games, or scrolling through their social media on their phones.
You can find many activities for your children to do that interest them and are fun for them as well as keeping them active. You can sign your children up for any team sport like soccer, baseball, or basketball. So instead of having your kids only keep up with MLB news online, sign them up for a little league. Alternatively, you can have them get involved in more fitness geared activities like ju-jitsu, taekwondo, karate or mixed martial arts.
There are many reasons why team sports are beneficial for kids. In addition to the regular benefits like physical fitness and health, kids can reap many other surprising benefits from playing team sports that parents should consider.
- It Helps Improve Their Grades
In addition to keeping your kids active, enrolling your kids in a team sports program has a positive effect on their school grades. Yup! That is true, having kids play team sports has been proven to help your children focus better in school and improve the grades on their report cards. This is because team sports inculcate discipline and work ethic, as well as respect for their coaches, and these traits carry over to their performance and attentiveness in the classroom.
Sports have also been known to help improve developmental skills in special needs children. More specifically, organized sport and fitness practices like martial arts can help improve the self esteem of such children, improve their memory, and reduce the risk of stereotyping among autistic children.
- It Is Addictive and Fun
When kids enjoy playing a sport, there are so many aspects that they can work on and refine to improve their performance. The great thing about sports is that they make physical fitness fun and enjoyable. Training with a team soon becomes something your children will look forward to rather than something they feel is a chore. With any sport, each day is fun and different, and if the kids get along well with the rest of the team, it takes care of social development as well.
- It Makes Them Part of a Community
Most teams and sports clubs are tight knit communities where members become friends like family. The reason for this is that when your child trains as part of a small group, they automatically develop strong kinships with their teammates. It develops a deep and true team spirit that is so essential for the social development of children. Additionally, when your child trains as part of a team, it improves their senses of discipline and accountability.
The group aspect of team sports is also a huge contributor in helping maintain mental well being and mental health. Teams are based on a shared practice which provides companionship and support to its members. Being part of a team and training regularly also provides a routine and structure for kids, saving them from feeling lost or missing out in their everyday lives.
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