With sports comes the risk of serious injuries, and your parental instincts may urge you to pull your child out of it.
But on the flipside, friendship, skill development and the skill of competition are just some plus points of playing sport. Justine Teaves, Head of Sport at Australian International School Singapore, shares some tips on how to support your child’s interest in sports.
How does sports benefit my child’s education?
Lessons from the court, field or pool are something you cannot teach in a traditional school environment. Having to navigate various scenarios, interactions and relationships in such an intense environment can help make your child resilient and better able to manage challenging situations they will face throughout life. As a young athlete, your child will learn how to deal with disappointment, move on from mistakes and work with others.
How can I be a supportive parent?
Kids play sports to have fun, so ask your child regularly if he or she is having fun. Remember, winning isn’t everything – it’s more important to give your best effort. Don’t expect perfection from your child and be sure to teach him or her to thank his or her coaches regularly and to respect other competitors and officials.
How can we compromise on contact sports?
Look into the programme: quality providers and coaches often tailor programmes to a child’s age and ability. Taking and making contact as well as learning how to fall and land are part of the sports education process. If this is done properly and if your child demonstrates interest in a contact sport, then I’d encourage you to send him or her to an introductory session, rather than put an end to their interest out of worry.
From The Finder (Issue 284), July 2017
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