Do you guys remember how active you were as a kid?
I grew up in the country and we played outside all.the.time. All the kids in the neighborhood would get together and play basketball, softball, and hide’n go seek. We rode bikes, went rollerblading, and pretended to be professional gymnasts as we flipped through the air. We were always running, always moving. Well, times have changed and so has my location. Living so close to a city during a time when child abductions and assaults are constantly in the news, I definitely don’t feel comfortable allowing Dev to run around unsupervised with the neighborhood kids like I did when I was little. We also don’t have a backyard because we live in an apartment, so while I’m cooking or doing things around the house, he’s usually sitting on his butt watching Netflix. Luckily, we do have several parks within walking distance that we often visit when we get home at the end of the day. But with the change in seasons and the days getting shorter, we won’t be able to do that much longer. And that’s where sports come in!
Although I played outside a lot as a small kid, as I got older, I spent most of my time hanging out with my friends indoors. I always wished that my mom would have put me in sports when I was younger so that I would have been more athletic during my pre-teen and teen years. With childhood obesity becoming more and more of a problem in America and kids playing less and less outside, I think it’s that much more important for me to expose Devin to different sports. Our town has a soccer league that Devin has participated in for a couple years now. It’s not anything too serious for his age group, but it allows him to get in some great exercise on Saturdays. Recently, I also signed him up for flag football and basketball after school. These are more like little clubs that meet one day a week—football on Wednesdays and basketball on Fridays. The clubs are offered twice a year and meet for 10 classes each semester, so it’s not a huge commitment. I like that he’ll learn how to play two new sports and he has a reason to be more active throughout the week. He’s really excited about these clubs and even expressed some interest in trying out karate next semester!
Aside from keeping our kids active, sports also teach them values and life lessons that stay with them as they grow into responsible adults. Discipline, teamwork, and good sportsmanship are just a few of these values I’m happy Devin has already started to learn through soccer. #proudmom
I can’t wait to see what else he learns through his new activities!
Did you play sports as a kid?
If so, what do you think the benefits were?
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