When your child’s favorite sport is on TV
When your kid’s favorite sports is on the air, it’s easy to miss how much time they spend in front of a TV screen.
And that could be an issue for them when they reach adulthood.
“I think they’ll want to watch sports, but they may not be able to because of the social stigma associated with it,” says Dr. Julie Pang, a sports psychologist who has helped thousands of children develop healthy lifestyles.
“They may not have the social confidence to be active.”
What’s a kid to do?
“The best thing for your child to do is to be open about their sports interests,” says Pang.
“The only way you can help is by educating them.”
If you can’t afford to watch the sports, or are unsure what to watch, Pang suggests starting with a new program.
“If you can pay for it, it could be a good investment in your child,” she says.
“It’s also a way for your children to have an outlet to talk about what they’re interested in and not be judged.”
Pang recommends sports classes and a few other sports activities as a way to get kids involved in their favorite sports.
“Some kids love sports but may not know how to take part, and it could also be a time for them to explore new interests,” she notes.
“When your child loves sports, they’re more likely to engage with it and find their way through it.”
How to help your child get involved with sports when they’re young Sports clubs are an ideal setting for kids to get involved in.
When kids can participate, they can build friendships and form strong bonds, which will be important when they hit puberty and begin to feel their bodies mature.
“A lot of children get really into sports as kids because they can relate to the feeling of playing sports and being active, and they’re able to be a little bit more involved with that,” says Carol Mancini, founder and CEO of The Playhouse Playhouse, a nonprofit group for sports programs in underserved communities.
“That’s really a great time for your kids to engage in that.”
Playtime activities can be anything from soccer to basketball, baseball, or soccer.
But Pang says she’s particularly excited about the possibility of incorporating sports into preschool.
“We know that preschool is a time when kids are most engaged in activities,” she said.
“Our preschoolers, for example, are really active in outdoor sports, which helps build those relationships and bonds.”
Pangs advice to parents is to find a sports club that your child is interested in.
“Find out what their interests are, what they play, and where they play,” she suggests.
“Then make sure that you can work with them in terms of what the sport is, and what they need to do to help get the ball rolling.”
Then, she says, “give them a little extra help.”