One Father. One Mother: Should Parents Push Their Kids Into Playing Sports?
Would you push your kids into playing sports?
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Whether it's participating in them or watching from the sidelines (or your couch), sports are a pretty big part of society today. Which brings us to this week's question... Should parents push their kids into playing sports?
Andrew Kardon president of Joe Shopping who blogs at Mommy's Busy... Go Ask Daddy about comic books, toys, video games, cartoons, and his kids, and Melissa Chapman, a Lifetime mom who blogs at Married My Sugar Daddy are going head to head tackling issues that all parents face.
I say absolutely, unless you actually want your kids lethargic, fat and unemployed for some reason. These days it's more important than ever to get your kids into sports. If they don't like it, then push 'em. It's as simple as that.
Hey, I love video games as much as my kids, but I know that if you just sit on your ass all day mashing buttons, you're not living a healthy lifestyle. Obesity levels are at an all-time high, so it's our responsibility as parents to force our kids into more active activities.
Yes I know some kids are naturally more athletic than others. Some kids have always loved playing sports, while others never showed an interest. But they'll never know until they actually try. Sign them up for Little League. Take soccer lessons. Join the swim team. They won't just be getting some exercise, they'll be learning some incredible life skills as well. There are just so many positive aspects, how can you not want your kids learning these valuable lessons?
"My son played soccer for one day and hated it, so we pulled him out." You hear that kind of talk all the time. And it sends a horrible message to the kids. Instead of teaching them to give up without really trying, you need to push them hard.
Don't think sports really matters in life? Colleges love sports and putting down four years of high school baseball on your application will certainly help your chances of getting in. Heck, you may even get a scholarship out of it. Businessmen thrive on it too. So don't just look at pushing your kids into sports as simply giving them exercise. You're giving them so much more, like a big jump on life.
She says: Melissa Chapman: Lifetime Mom
We have done everything in our power this year (short of putting our son on a leash and dragging him by the collar around his neck) to encourage him to get excited- or at least not whine incessantly- about playing on his little league baseball team. Suffice it to say in a perfect world, my boy would be like a moth to a flame when it came to sports and he’d be clamoring to hit those balls and catch them as well. But we don’t live in a cookie cutter society and my kid would much rather be drawing comics, riding his bike, swimming or playing with his superhero figures and Lego towers than take part in organized conventional “boy-oriented sports”.
I suppose, if my son JUST sat on the couch and refused to do any kind of physical activity I’d be more alarmed and perhaps I might just get out that leash and physically drag him to his little league practice or pee wee football. Thankfully, he does love to get physical but is much more of a solitary sportsman. Of course I’m wistful for all the non-sports stuff he’s not gleaning by eschewing being a part of a team for the lone life of a cyclist, but as a parent it is such a delicate balancing act trying to convince your kid to do something, but not actually forcing them to do so. The few times we managed to get him to his little league practice he looked miserable and while I did my best to cheer him on from the sidelines, he was never able to fully invest himself in it.
As a parent I know I need to challenge him and yes, at times, even force him to engage in activities that he opposes, if doing so will impart him with valuable lessons about teamwork, sportsmanship and the like. But ultimately at what cost? Do I push him to participate in organized sports when it just seems so antithetical to his innate nature? After reading Andrew’s side, I’m torn!