eeping kids busy is a top priority for most parents. Activities like sports and dance are a great way to steer younger people away from trouble, while also fostering a sense of teamwork and building character.
These activities also teach kids another important life skill: how to act graciously in the face of disappointment.
No one knows this better than a 16-year-old female golfer who recently got to play on a boy's golf team, but didn't get to take home the trophy — despite having the best score.
The minute kids pop into the scene, it's time to haul out the distractions.
Kids are one of life’s greatest gifts, but they also have a tendency to be tiny tornadoes, emitting boundless energy. If it’s not kept in check, from day one, things have a way of spinning out of control. Moms and dads aren’t just joking when they say their kids are “bouncing off the walls.” Good parents recognize this and start planning early.
Luckily, there are tons of options for kiddos on the go.
In an attempt to channel all that energy, parents turn to the all-important “activities” category. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of things to sign kids up for. Dance, art, basket-weaving — if a child has the slightest interest, there’s an excellent chance a class is out there, just waiting to expand their horizons and give mom and dad a quiet minute to themselves.
If art and dance aren't on the menu, sports are an amazing option for many energetic kids.
From school teams to independent leagues, there are a lot of ways to get a kid involved in any type of sport. Football, basketball, softball, and baseball have a timeless appeal, and all help direct that young, boundless energy into something productive and fun. Anything that keeps enthusiastic kids running and jumping is ideal in most parents’ books.
Not to mention, sports teach an array of valuable lessons.
Sports aren’t just about keeping kids busy. Time over time, things like baseball and basketball have taught children how to work as a team and care about more than their own self interests. When everyone does their part, the entire team succeeds — and there’s no greater feeling.
On a bittersweet note, participating in a sport is the best way to learn about losing gracefully.
It’s a tough concept for anyone to get used to, but, sometimes, life hands us lemons. No better place is this first learned than on the field, court, or golf course. Loss hurts, but every sport teaches kids to hold their heads up high and shake the winners’ hands. It’s not as fun as winning, but it’s an experience that serves every kid well as they move into other avenues of life.