Having kids be active in sports at a young age is important. But did you know there are actual benefits to becoming a sports fan for children? For kids, the benefits are both emotional and social. Plus sports allows parents to bond with their children, creating lasting traditions which can last a lifetime and encourage kids to try out for a particular sport they find an interest in.
Getting kids hyped about sports isn’t that difficult. You just need to be a bit creative. I remember telling my son a story about when my favorite hockey team went for the cup, how I stood on the sidewalk with a sign that read: Honk if you Believe. I was twelve at the time. Sharing stories about how you fell in love with a sport and explaining how that sports works is just one of the many ways you can help your child gain interest.
Other great ways to turn your child into a sports fan is to share some game day goodies with them. We make up chicken wings, nachos and dip, meatballs and other favorite snacks whenever the game is on. Get your child to wear the team jersey or favorite team colors (temporary tattoos) are a great way to show support to a team, and so much fun for kids allowing them to feel part of something special. Check out http://www.tattoofun.com/custom-stickers.html for some inspiration.
Once your child becomes a sports fan, it’s only a matter of time before he/she will want to participate in that sport themselves. Encourage your children to play with other kids outside, and to strive to become like the sports idols they watch.
With that in mind, here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of being a sports fan:
Sports or any other physical activity are known to improve muscle and bone development in and before puberty. Stronger bones and muscles mean your kids will be more resistant to injuries and get a better foundation for their ongoing physical development.
Keep Their Weight in Check
Childhood obesity is a huge problem. According to the Heart Association, one in three children is obese and this trend has tripled between 1971 and 2011. It is the leading health concern among parents, even more pressing than smoking and drug abuse.
The reason why more and more children are obese is sugary foods and no physical activity. Children are spending more time in front of their screens than outside playing. Combined with malnutrition, this is a recipe for disaster.
Being a sports fan and participating in sports themselves, children will have a powerful ally in keeping their weight in check.
One of the most important things in children’s lives, while they are growing up, are positive role models. They also need something to keep them away from alcohol, drugs and other forms of anti-social behavior. And we can agree that there are no better idols than athletes. Looking up to hard working, physically active idols will encourage children to participate in sports themselves and set them in the right direction.
Making New Friends
Participating in sports or being a sports fan can lead to making a lot of new friends. Kids can bond with other kids who are rooting for the same team. This is a great way for kids to meet others who share the same interests. Feeling connected or affiliated to a particular group is very important for kids’ well-being. Best of all, these friendships often last a lifetime i
Cause for Happiness
Last but not least, participating in sports or simply being a fan will make your children happier. Like we said, the feeling of seeing your favorite team win a game, or better winning one yourself, cannot quite compare to anything else. It’s the little things!
Being a fan or a part of a team gives kids the chance to experience success. Most professional athletes developed the love for sports around ages 13 to 14. My son struggled in his life until he started playing hockey and football. Sports was his guiding light. That is why it is important to get your kids into sports as early as possible.
Be careful as parents not to push your kids too hard, though, otherwise, the inspiration you wish them to gain will have the opposite effect. Try to get them to love a team first. Get them to watch their games with you. Finally, encourage them to try playing a sport themselves. Even if they don’t become a professional athlete, they will have a happier, healthier childhood.
And above all remember, it’s not about winning or losing. It’s about how you play the game, how it makes you feel and being active and positive in your life. These are the lesson we want our children to learn.