News & Articles

Giving Parents a Return on Sporting Investment

Giving Parents a Return on Sporting Investment
As parents, we teach our children they can be anything they ever want to be. However, some overzealous parents are, or are on the cusp of looking at their child as a financial investment on which they must get good returns.
In case you’re considering enrolling your child in any sporting activity, here’s what you should ask yourself first:
  • Are our family priorities in order?
  • Will my child have fun?
  • Does this game serve the needs of my child?
  • Is this sport more important to me or my child?
  • What is my child learning from this experience?
  • Is there a way to get a similar experience in a less costly manner?

‚ÄčOnce the answers are all affirmative, you can go ahead. Here’s how your investment will pay off
 
1. Watch your Child Grow
Sports training demands good money, and adds a great deal of chaos to your lives. However, Youth Sports is a great tool to educate children about sport and life.
Let your child go, give that experience, and see him/her grow into an independent human being, mentally and physically. Your child will thank you for it.

You don’t have to be at every practice and game! This doesn’t make you a bad parent, it only makes you a great one who has released your child to the game.

2. Teamwork and Discipline
Fighting for a common goal teaches you how to build a collective team synergy and effectively communicate the best way to solve problems en route to victory. Sports make your child realize that the values and discipline needed to succeed as a team in a game is the same as in life.

This instills a discipline in him to do those things he/she doesn’t want to do so that he/she can do the things they really want to do. Once they get that idea into their heads – that they’ll have to pay the price in the little things so they can obtain bigger things in life, you can see them transform.

3. Eliminate the Fear of Failure
The short-term emphasis on results can make an individual more competitive today, but it also sets them up for failure in the future. Sport is a place to win and lose, but more importantly to learn and develop. That’s not just as an athlete, but as a human being.

Kids don’t mind winning and losing. We shouldn’t take away that opportunity to learn.

4. Teach them to Win
Children need autonomy, enjoyment and intrinsic motivation for any long term achievement.

People now-a-days feel a game can either be fun, or be competitive. If you take any of these away, you set your kid up for failure.

Think about it, if you enjoy something, you’ll do it more. Make something as important as physical activity fun for your kid, and they won’t ever want to quit.

To sum it up, there are five ‘C’s’ that are critical components of positive youth development —competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring. A growing body of research literature has found that sports enrich all of the above in your child, in addition to improved physical health in a child.

The discipline of training, teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and learning to lose are some of the lifelong skills your kid would pick up as an athlete. These would play a primarily positive role in their development into responsible adults with improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem and fewer behavioral problems.

- Team Khiladi Connect