How kids benefit from being a team player.
According to a recent survey 55% of boys and 44% or girls between five and fourteen are involved in organized sports. And it’s teaching them a lot of good stuff says Silken Laumann, former Olympian and author of Child’s Play. “First of all you have a coach, and so you have that skill development, and hopefully you have a great leader in a coach who really cares about the kids on his team and really gives them a sense of belonging and a sense of self-esteem. I know that the goal orientation of sport is very powerful. Teaching kids to work towards a goal is really exciting for them as well.”But Silken adds organized sports are not the be all and end all.”Playing a sport once or twice a week is great, but it’s not enough physical activity. Kids have to be active every single day and be moving their bodies, and that’s why it’s so important that they get the physical activity in school and that they get it in unstructured way by running around the house and being outside a little bit and going for a bike-ride.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Silken Laumann, former Olympian and author of Child’s Play. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.