If you are a regular reader of our website, you probably are a person who is preoccupied about being fit. However, there is a big difference between being fit, and being a professional athlete and I am willing to bet that most of you would not want your children to play a professional sport, because you know that this is a hard path to follow, and having a successful career in this field is very hard. However, there is a long way to go from playing a sport to turning it into a career, and competitive sports can have a very positive impact on your child’s development. So, if you are one of those parent’s that constantly tells their children to stop playing ball and go study more for school, we hope that you will change your mind after reading this article.

Sports teach children valuable lessons

The first thing that a child will learn when playing a competitive sport, is the value of discipline. Whether they are playing basketball, football or anything else, discipline will always be essential and it will be the main moral value that the coach will teach them. Along the way, children who play sports also learn other important lessons, like the value of sportsmanship and teamwork. This moral values will turn them into dependable, high principle adults, and these values will stay with them whether or not they choose to actually follow a career in sports.

Sports increase self-esteem

Being good at something is very important for a child’s self esteem, and as much as you would want your child to be good at math, you have to admit that being good at sports will also bring them many benefits. It will keep them fit, which will make them feel better about their body image, and it will also increase their popularity at school. School sport competitions are very important nowadays, and most school gymnasiums are even equipped with modern devices such as digital scoring tables that display player information and pictures. When your child will see their picture and their name on a scorer table, after having scored a point for their team, they will definitely have a better impression of themselves.

Healthy development

While this is probably the most obvious benefit of playing a sport, we wanted to leave it last so that we could emphasize its importance. Yes, playing a sport will improve your child’s health. Not only will it keep them fit, and away from video games, but for growing children, sports can improve the bone development and have numerous other benefits.

As you can see, playing a competitive sport will bring your child many benefits. Moreover, whether they win or fail, playing a sport will also make your child more ambitious and teach them the value of hard work. So the next time your child’s name pops up on the scoring tables, make sure to be in the audience cheering for them.