Every kid has athletic potential. How do I nurture and develop the athlete in my child?
I love seeing my child involved in individual activities, but I don’t want to raise an antisocial child. I want my kid to learn to be a good team player. Should I be concerned that he seems more oriented toward individual sports?
From the moment they are born, we guide our children along life’s wondrous, rocky path, shepherding them lovingly through the vulnerable early stages of their development. We help them navigate daily physical and emotional challenges and nurture and harbor them as they gradually gather the strength and skills to function on their own.
My son wants to play quarterback on his town youth football team. The coach’s son also covets the position. Some of the dads say my son should forget about playing quarterback if he wants to be on the team.
Play is critical to a well-balanced childhood, and in our technological age, when the time and space to play are shrinking dramatically both at school and at home, there is, thankfully, a growing awareness of its role in a child’s development.
Do sports have to be this way? We want our kids to become more human as they grow older, not less. We want them to discover their own humanity during social interactions, through activities like sports.
What can I do about the alarming things my kids see while watching sports on television? The brutal one-on-one fights in NHL games. The baseball brawls. All the taunting and bad sportsmanship on display.