As parents, the thought of sharing a hobby or interest with your child can make you giddy, especially if it’s something that you specialize in! However, convincing your child to do anything can be extremely difficult, and a delicate approach needs to be taken if you want to encourage your child to get into something that requires a lot of time and dedication such as a sport. So in this article, we’re going to offer a couple of tips that will help you introduce your kids to a sport that you personally love.
Play a sports video game with your child
There are some outstanding sports video games available right now that can be found on virtually any modern console or even PC. It’s a fantastic way to introduce your kids to a sport because they can enjoy it from the comfort of their own home and can even play with friends and other family members. By introducing your child to a sport through a video game version, you’ll be able to teach them the basic rules of the game and also discuss things such as a strategy to help them get a better understanding of what the game is all about.
You obviously don’t want to get them too hooked on a video game, but it’s a great way to get them started in a sport and to see what they enjoy the most. You can try out a variety of different sports if you have multiple passions just to see what they like the most. We highly suggest trying out different sporting video games with your child to see what they enjoy.
Once you’ve found a sport that your child is really into, you can give it a try out in the real world. You can suggest the idea to them to see how they’ll react. If they agree and you decide to take them out to play, make sure you use some of the references from the video game to help them settle into the real-life version of it. By making these references, your child will have an easier time understanding the sport and its rules by thinking back to the game they played
This is a great way to introduce your child to a sport because it’s a safe and simple way for them to get started. It’s also something they can enjoy with you, other family members or even friends. Just make sure they don’t get too addicted to the video game!
Don’t be overzealous about it
You can’t force a child to try a sport, so don’t push your luck. For instance, if your child picks up your old baseball bat or asks what’s happening on TV during a match, give them some basic information but don’t start reminiscing about your old days or drowning them with information. Give them some basic information to trigger their interest and then follow-up later on if they express more interest.
In addition, don’t sign your child up for sports classes and clubs without asking them first. This isn’t as common as it was in the past, but you want to speak to your child to determine what kind of sport they want to try out before you force them into something they don’t want to do. If you try and push a sport onto your child, they could end up hating it in the future.
Lastly, make sure you’re focusing on the enjoyment of the sport rather than the prestige or high-level strategies and tactics. For example, if your child doesn’t like a specific rule in a sport because it’s ruining their fun (such as the offside rule in football) then don’t enforce it when playing with them. Your goal is to have your child enjoy the basics to see if they actually like the sport first, then they’ll make the decision whether or not they want to take it more seriously. If you’re not being overzealous in trying to get your child to enjoy a sport that you also like, you’ll stand a much better chance at convincing them to give it a try.
Watch legendary sporting matches with your child
A great way to get your child into a sport (even if it’s by accident) is to watch some legendary sporting matches, re-runs and even videos about the sport with your child. For example, why not consider watching some of the top boxing fights of all time with your child? While it is a dangerous sport compared to other offerings, it’s a gripping sport that will have your child on the edge of their seat.
If you do plan to watch some sporting matches with your child, make sure you answer any questions that they might have. This is common when your child is being exposed to a sport for the very first time and we highly suggest that you have some kind of plan ready in case they do start barraging you with questions. It’s a good idea to explain some of the basic rules of the game so that your child knows what’s going on, but you can also try and explain things as they happen so that your child isn’t barraged with information from the get-go.
Watching big sporting matches and events with your child is an excellent way to bond while also piquing their interest in a sport. Try out different types of sports if you can and observe how excited or bored your child is to gauge their interest. If the first match you watch doesn’t do much good, then try a different match with a different pace or an entirely different sport.
We hope that this article has been useful for helping you introduce a sport to your child. Your passion for a sport will be a great way to convince your child that it’s something exciting and interesting to try out, so make sure your love for a sport is genuine before you try to get your child to play it as well!