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Improving your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Athletics

childrens self esteem Improving your Childs Self Esteem Through AthleticsWith its wide array of different challenges and obstacles, growing up can be a difficult process for both parents and children alike. Many young kids find themselves dealing with low self-esteem and insecurity for a variety of different reasons, which can prove heartbreaking for parents who feel helpless.

Fortunately, developing your child’s self-esteem could prove to be easier than expected, and the solution is often found through one of the most quintessentially American activities of all time: athletics.

From football in the fall to baseball in the summer, Americans are notorious for their love of sports. While watching an intense game is great fun for the entire family, participating in sports can be an effective and enjoyable way to develop a child’s self-esteem.

Athletic events teach kids the importance of working towards a goal, and celebrate that goal when it is obtained. Beyond boosting a child’s self-esteem, some studies have shown that participating in sports can have positive effects on social interactions and a child’s confidence level in unfamiliar situations. Furthermore, participating in physical activity provides a myriad of different health benefits.

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a sports program, it’s important to find an activity that will be well-suited to your son or daughter. For example, while some children prefer football, others prefer soccer. Speak to your child about what activity interests them, and try to find a local organization or club that sponsors such activities.

Many schools also offer extracurricular activities for students interested in playing sports. Particularly shy children may find this setting less intimidating, as they’ll likely be surrounded by other children from their class at school.

In addition to traditional ball sports, many other alternatives exist for children who have no desire to kick something around a field for an hour. Consider investigating options like Kids MMA (mixed martial arts) programs, or horseback riding. While these sports may not be the first that come to mind, children who participate in such activities often feel accomplished and happier by what they’ve achieved. These programs also help children to develop attention to detail, and allow them to become more comfortable with their body and how it works.

For example, mixed martial arts is a sport that incorporates a variety of different techniques and skills for combat with an opponent. While this sport is physically intensive, children who practice MMA have greater dexterity and concentration, and many benefit from the discipline it takes to master the sport. Parents often cite the positive reinforcement children receive while participating in MMA as one of the major benefits of such an activity.

Regardless of what athletic pastime fits your child and your family best, by involving your children in sports, you’ll be encouraging them to use their skills and abilities to achieve something worthwhile. Working with your child to develop their athletic abilities will encourage them to commit themselves to something they enjoy, and reward that commitment down the road. Furthermore, the self-esteem boost your child will experience through their participation in a sport will allow them to a live happier, more well-adjusted life.

Improving your Child’s Self Esteem Through Athletics

With its wide array of different challenges and obstacles, growing up can be a difficult process for both parents and children alike. Many young kids find themselves dealing with low self-esteem and insecurity for a variety of different reasons, which can prove heartbreaking for parents who feel helpless. Fortunately, developing your child’s self-esteem could prove to be easier than expected, and the solution is often found through one of the most quintessentially American activities of all time: athletics.

From football in the fall to baseball in the summer, Americans are notorious for their love of sports. While watching an intense game is great fun for the entire family, participating in sports can be an effective and enjoyable way to develop a child’s self-esteem. Athletic events teach kids the importance of working towards a goal, and celebrate that goal when it is obtained. Beyond boosting a child’s self-esteem, some studies have shown that participating in sports can have positive effects on social interactions and a child’s confidence level in unfamiliar situations. Furthermore, participating in physical activity provides a myriad of different health benefits.

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a sports program, it’s important to find an activity that will be well-suited to your son or daughter. For example, while some children prefer football, others prefer soccer. Speak to your child about what activity interests them, and try to find a local organization or club that sponsors such activities. Many schools also offer extracurricular activities for students interested in playing sports. Particularly shy children may find this setting less intimidating, as they’ll likely be surrounded by other children from their class at school.

In addition to traditional ball sports, many other alternatives exist for children who have no desire to kick something around a field for an hour. Consider investigating options like Kids MMA (mixed martial arts) programs, or horseback riding. While these sports may not be the first that come to mind, children who participate in such activities often feel accomplished and happier by what they’ve achieved. These programs also help children to develop attention to detail, and allow them to become more comfortable with their body and how it works.

For example, mixed martial arts is a sport that incorporates a variety of different techniques and skills for combat with an opponent. While this sport is physically-intensive, children who practice MMA have greater dexterity and concentration, and many benefit from the discipline it takes to master the sport. Parents often cite the positive reinforcement children receive while participating in MMA as one of the major benefits of such an activity.

Regardless of what athletic pastime fits your child and your family best, by involving your children in sports, you’ll be encouraging them to use their skills and abilities to achieve something worthwhile. Working with your child to develop their athletic abilities will encourage them to commit themselves to something they enjoy, and reward that commitment down the road. Furthermore, the self-esteem boost your child will experience through their participation in a sport will allow them to a live happier, more well-adjusted life.

Jonathan Wickham is a proud husband and father of two amazing boys. He works at an online marketing company in American Fork, Utah. When he is not at work he enjoys taking his kids to their Kids MMA classes.
  • http://www.mmaoutlet.com mike@jiu jitsu gi

    I learned a lot of life lessons growing up playing sports. I’ve never worked as hard in my life as I did on the court or in the weightroom. All kids should get the opportunity to learn like that.

  • http://www.selfesteemaffirmations.com Kc

    To see a child with low self esteem is heartbreaking. Perhaps you are noticing in your child that they may be struggling with the issue of self esteem, and you want to know how to help them. First and foremost; it is important that you notice. Second, it is important that you do not blame yourself. All you can do if your child is already struggling is move forward and give them ways to improve their self esteem.Self Esteem Affirmations

  • http://thesameffect.com/ Sam Lloyd

    Society IS missing the ball. I wish we had recess for life, not just til 6th grade. The quality of life would increase for adults, and the obesity epidemic would probably be at least lessened. Why it ends after 6th grade makes no sense to me.

  • http://bangkokpersonaltraining.wordpress.com/ Rich Thurman, MA, CSCS, CPT

    Great post. I think it’s absolutely essential to get kids involved in sports. They will be more likely to be goal oriented team players as adults too. With sports programs being cut and a growing emphasis being placed solely on academics, I think society is missing the boat. I wrote a couple of things about this problem growing in particular in international schools around the world. This is contributing to a worldwide obesity epidemic not just a national problem anymore.

  • http://www.oremlawncare.com Jonathan

    Athletics where an important part of my identity when I was a child. I think it helped me feel confident in my abilities to perform in high pressure situations. That being said, I think there is a fine line between building your child up through athletics and being a total fanatic.

  • http://www.mediyummy.com Marisa

    I agree with you in the importance of offering athletics as a way to boost self-esteem. Even more, our family also realized martial arts as an exceptional choice. Besides being a great form of exercise, it teaches kids about self esteem, self respect, respect of others, honor, discipline and sportsmanship, to name a few.