Self esteem in children is often vulnerable, and concerned parents always find ways to not let it stoop. Sports offer the advantage of physical along with concentration exercises through which there is a holistic development in a child. As a result, children develop a well-rounded personality. Here are key reasons for which you could promote your child’s self esteem through sports.
To foster the spirit of competition
Team games infuse team spirit in children making them feel enthusiastic about the game they are a part of. They put in their best efforts to excel or emerge victorious in the game. This makes them feel proud of their capabilities and face the battle with confidence. Prior to this juncture, it is necessary for a parent to foster positive feelings about competition which will not let feelings of rage and jealousy to breed in the minds of kids. Team games where kids can involve include football, throw ball, basketball, and the like.
To feel a sense of equality
When children engage in games, they are on the same pedestal as the others. They do not see themselves lesser or greater than any other player in a team. As they are bonded by the strong sense of belongingness to the team for which they are playing, they hardly find time or the need to discriminate themselves from others. Parents must take care to not let prejudices about language, race, color, community, or abilities to harbor in their kids’ minds.
To feel a sense of pride about their real self
Sports work greatly in building up the health of children. By engaging in physical activities, the rate of metabolism is high on account of energy release which in turn leads to consumption of adequate food from time to time. Children develop better stamina and levels of strength along with controlled levels of fat in the body system. As a result, their physical personality is enhanced in turn leading to better level of confidence. Most athletic sports and games such as tennis are effective in building a body with great shape. Along with the physical health, sports are important for the mental well being of your child. Team activities such as sports help a great deal in building children’s self esteem.
To build an ethical culture
Sports and games often have targets. This means that children work hard to reach the target which makes them focus on their goals. They follow a routine backed by a sense of commitment towards the game. Group and individual practice sessions, feedbacks and continuous efforts to improve in the game help in developing a bigger inner personality in children. Attributes of discipline, commitment, time-management and responsibility get honed.
Sports are of great help in developing your child’s personality and self esteem through fun, values, and skills. They are not only great exercises for the body but also for the mind.