Many kids these days play far too many video games. They’re more concerned about computer games than they are about their own health, and it’s understandable given how addictive they can be. Video games aren’t necessarily a bad thing, however. Video games can be a great way for your child to learn more skills, and they can be a unique social experience thanks to the internet and online gaming.
However, there’s nothing quite like getting your child to play some sports. It helps to work their body and it keeps their heart and muscles healthy. So in this post, we’re going to look at a few ways to help you encourage kids to play more sports instead of just focusing on video games.
Lead by example and take them out on a sports outing
You’re not going to convince your child to play more sports if you don’t lead by example. Consider taking them out to a sporting event or going on a family outing to a beach. Just remember some basic swimming safety tips to keep your child safe while you’re out in the water. If you can disguise the sport or physical activity as a fun family trip, then they’ll be far more likely to come along and ditch the video games for a day or two.
Keep your child’s attention span in mind
Children have very small attention spans, so make sure you introduce the sport in a way that focuses more on action than learning. For example, if you’re going to introduce your child to baseball, don’t spend an hour teaching them all of the rules. Instead, go out to a nearby park with a bat, a ball and a glove, then start pitching to your child and encouraging them to hit it.
Look for local clubs and teams they could join
A great way to encourage your kids to play more sports is to make it a social thing. Whether it’s creating competition for your child or looking for teams and clubs they can join, it’s always a good idea to look around for local options. For example, you might find a kids tennis club that teaches them how to play tennis and gives them partners to play against, or you might find a local swimming team that encourages new and talented swimmers to join their group.
Let your child invite friends to play sports
There are loads of sports for kids that can be played in a group. If your child wants to invite friends over to play then let them, but only if they promise to play some sports for physical activity. Don’t just let them invite their friends over for the sake of playing video games or something similar!
Stay positive when talking about sports
Lastly, make sure you stay positive when talking about sports. Don’t associate it with anything bad and make sure you’re always happy and cheerful when you mention sports to them so they can start associating it with positive feelings.