Teaching your child to be a good sport

Once the monsoon is over and as we approach our Diwali holidays, we could look at encouraging our kids to participate in a sport. The time and venue is irrelevant it could be down the gully, after school, in the park, before homework …..

Sports participation enhances your child’s physical, mental, and social development and gives your child the following advantages:
Keeps them healthy
Teaches them to work and think as a team
Builds up self confidence
Widens their social base and develops social skills
Promotes a sense of fair play
Welcome change from their academic activities

How do you get your child to appreciate  and take part in sport
Select the correct sport(s) for your child
Explain the rules and guide them along with their coach/ other parents
Keep it fun and dont be critical
Encourage them to give their best, be there at important events
Support them, but do not put any pressure on them
Don’t compare them with other kids who may be naturally inclined at the sport

I have been a coach for around a decade and have seen talented youngsters blossom and win laurels for the country at international events. Even for those who just took up the sport for amusement, they were a number of benefits. Do let me have your comments, suggestions and experiences. 

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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