What’s the best way to encourage children to take up sport?

@cristi20 (2139)
Romania
December 16, 2006 4:57pm CST
Encourage them from the time they are young, start them early. Lead them from the front - don't tell them they should take up sport, spend time with them in playing outdoor games. But, most importantly, don't ever force them into doing anything, else they will take dislike to sporting activities. While you can start them off with swimming (one of the sporting activities) at a very early age, once they join school, encourage them to participate in school sports. Be there to cheer them when they are participating in any school sport activity and if they don't win any prizes, don't discourage them by critcizing them.
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@marciascott (25550)
• United States
17 Dec 06
lRT THEM SEE DO THEY LIKE IT. AND START THEM OFF YOUNG, LIKE TIGER WOODS FATHER DID HIM.
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@marciascott (25550)
• United States
17 Dec 06
jUST DON'T FORCE THEM IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT.
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• United States
17 Dec 06
They may not want to. Some children are mentally gifted, but not physically gifted.
@isha900 (1459)
• India
17 Dec 06
it can be
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@sbeauty (5869)
• United States
17 Dec 06
First of all, when they're very tiny, teach them HOW to play. As they start growing, spend time teaching them techniques and helping them feel comfortable in a group setting. Most of all, play with them. Don't just send them outside to play ball and expect them to enjoy it. You have to be aware, too, that not all children are interested in sports. I've seen too many sport-loving parents who try to push their children into being involved in sports they don't even like. Give them a chance to try different sports, but if they don't want to continue, let them make the decision without any pressure from you. And when they are playing sports and come to you to see what you thought of what they did, don't lavish unearned praise, but don't come down on them too hard, either. I knew a father who had kids on the swim team. After each race they both had to report to dad and listen while he tore their performance apart in front of everyone else. Those kids never did any better than any others, which proves that you can't force your children to be good at something they don't have the talent for.
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@shooie (4985)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Most everyone said about what I would have about starting out young being outside with them and playing with them. I use to work for a guy that has his 4 year old daughter hitting golf balls in the front yard with him. She loves it right now and is something for father and daughter to do together. Never know if she sticks with it she could be the female version of Tiger Woods....lol
@psyclone (244)
• Romania
17 Dec 06
Try to offer him much more alternatives, show them other sports, travel with him and after, he will know what suits him. Sport should be a hobby for him, not something that he must do at school or t make an impression.
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• India
17 Dec 06
well..its not fair to encourage children so as to take up sports.it should be rather, encouraging them if they wanted to. Just because the parents wants their kids to be in sports, i have seen many kids being forced to do so. evenIf someone do have the physical attributes to be an excellent sportsman, it wont do any good for him or anyone,especially for the team if its a team sport,if he is not mentally in to it. as for kids who are interested in sports, d best way to encourage them is to listen to them n support n show interest to them whenever they talk about it. it means a lot to them
@gbabee (133)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I don't think you can encourage them to. You can try. Sports is something that comes naturally to them. If they are interested in a certain sport then they will try it.
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• Kuwait
17 Dec 06
i think the best way to encourage your children to sports is you play with them and give example of good benefit they can have after the sports event. its not the money or prize only, its the health and good experience to have. the dont forget the fun and happiness to experience like yours when you are small too. always inspire them of your own story too. i think it would help.
@locotime (147)
• Canada
17 Dec 06
Be supportive, they will find something they like.
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@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
17 Dec 06
play with them so they'll know it's fun.
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@remaster74 (4064)
• Greece
17 Dec 06
It's agood advice the one that you are giving but remember there are children that cannot follow up with sports. Either because they are not interested or they are not healthy enough.
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@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
Lead by example as parents, both by participating and showing a general interest as a spectator. Give them every opportunity to do the sport they really want, and then encourage them every step of the way, even if they are not that skilled.
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@abg1988 (340)
• India
17 Dec 06
we should not force them to take up the sport.it should be of their own interest
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• Pakistan
17 Dec 06
luk children must play a lot of games and must attain perfection in at least one game coz this is the field that encourages their mental growth and they can only attain perfection if they start right from their child hood there are many ways to encourage children to sports 1.by telling them the importance 2.by awarding them with apropriate prizes etc 3.encoraging them in the schools
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• India
17 Dec 06
at first we have to know ther taste of which sport they like.......
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@ssappus (50)
• India
17 Dec 06
You can encourage by starting them off at early age. Not forcing them to win or losse.Just to be a sport.Be with them to encourage them. Tell them the importance of sports.
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• United States
17 Dec 06
have them try it out. like grab a mit and a baseball one day and show them how to play catch and if they like it, show em how to hit a baseball and if they like that then sign them up for a team.
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@Stoxic (128)
• India
17 Dec 06
O think the best way to encorage chlidren to take up sport is that fist off all we have to admit them in a play club where they can learn play then talk them and say if u r interested to be a player than keep it up
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
I did all of those things with my children and none of them ever took an interest in sport. They reluctantly went to school on sports days and looked for all the excuses in the world as to why they should not go. For some strange reason, they all took to music. I myself was a musician, but I never played or spoke about it while they were young. I don't believe they even knew that I could play an instrument. Now all three of them are very talented musicians and we have hours of fun playing along together.
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@vkbllm (474)
• India
17 Dec 06
Tell them about famous sports personality and about sucess and hall of the fame attended by them. Also try n enculcate national; spirit in them.
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