Learn how playing sports like soccer, golf, basketball, football, and baseball can keep your kids healthy and fit and help them learn valuable life lessons.
Have you ever wondered why girls drop out of sports by the truckload once they reach high school? The drop out rate is seven times greater than that of boys.
Football, soccer, gymnastics -- no matter the field, all kids can benefit from early exposure to sports.
The child should always take the lead in deciding whether or not to specialize in one sport. "If a child is passionate about one sport, that's fine," says Ron Quinn, associate professor of education at Xavier University and director of sports studies. But a child should not be forced to pick a sport.
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Instructors and pros alike agree that parents can introduce a child to golf as young as 4 or 5 years old, but beginning in the preteen years yields good results as well.
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According to Joel Fish, Ph.D., author of 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent and director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, parents are a determining factor in whether kids enjoy team sports. "If children sense that their parents love them and are proud of them whether they hit the ball or not," says Fish, "then they'll be better equipped to handle all the ups and downs that come with competitive sports."
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