Parenting with Positivism : Issue 8

Have you ever thought of the importance of sports for overall development of your child?

Sport can have an extremely positive influence on children – and the benefits of sports can be long lasting. When kids play, they keep fit and healthy, develop new friendships, and learn how to work as part of a team. These are all important things that will help your little ones as they grow up into adults!

Remember the proverb—”All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“.

Sports play a pivotal role in the makeup of a young champion. Where else can a young, impressionable youth learn values like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice, and accountability? Television, which may be the most influential tool in the lives of young adults, does not show enough of these qualities, nor is it on the Internet, or radio. Rather it is up to the parents, teachers, sports teams, clubs, and after school programs to help mold, develop, and instill these qualities into the lives of children!

How can sports help your child?

Helps build up their self-esteem and improve their mental health

Allows learning to trust their own abilities and push themselves.

It helps children to accept constructive criticism and use it to their benefit.

It is no surprise that children who participate in athletics excel in academics as well as they learn to apply the same principles of dedication and hard work learned through sports participation to their studies.

Kids learn social skills, leadership, team-building and communication skills for life.

They learn to cope with difficult situations and overcome inhibitions.

They are good diversions and give them energy to learn their lessons well.

Participation also can teach children the benefits of setting goals and achieving them.

Cricket World Cup Fever

Cricket World Cup. The whole country is hoping and praying that the ‘Men in Blue’ will be champions once again. While the country is glued to the television, not everyone is enthusiastic about it. Many parents would be worried about it being a source of distraction for their children, especially around this exam time.It gives rise to a dilemma for you and your kids on how to devote time to studies versus that spent on watching cricket!

  • If your kids are preparing for exams then make them understand the need for a good time management and setting of priorities.
  • Let them know while the World Cup will take place again after four years, there can be no replay of their exams, unless they want to waste a year.
  • Understand that students also need some recreation, so don’t discourage them from watching sports. Besides, nobody can stop the cricket mania from overtaking. Talk to your child and make him/her responsible in balancing both exams and World Cup
  • he parent must actively be involved in planning schedule for cricket watching for the child. It would be very important to strike a balance!
  • And looking back-planning forward, let you child be prepared in a way that they are up to date with their academics, so that the traditionally popular ‘burning-the-midnight-oil’ syndrome is avoided. As in cricket, slog overs are important, more important is the buildup and foundation overs!

The importance of talking about sports in your household

  • Inculcate an interest in sports in your child
  • It is possible to teach mathematics through scores and statistics of games
  • Teach your child the importance of team work
  • Teach your child how to handle success and failure, appropriately
  • Helps you bond with your child better, finding common interests
  • Growing up, it makes an archive of events and timeline for your child. When they are your age, they would look back and remember what-happened-that-year by associating it to happenings you discuss with them, including sports!

The Social Influence: Mauka?

The social networking site hasn’t stopped buzzing (positively and negatively) with conversations about Star Sports’ ad campaign ‘MaukaMauka’ since the day it was launched. You would have seen it for sure, and so has your child. The trend has taken over the country like a storm, and you have people singing the Mauka song at bus stops, trains, dinner tables, bathrooms!

Whether we like it or not, the Internet, social media, and all of the related technology are here to stay. As evidenced every day in so many ways, this new technological landscape brings many wonderful benefits to our family’s lives and relationships. At the same time, as with any new innovations, this impact has a dark side. There are many parents (and schools) that call for an outright ban on social media. That is like saying, if you don’t understand something, make it restrictive. Unfortunately, that is not the right way forward.

Educate your child. Help them make a judgment about what’s positive and what is not. Decision making is the most critical skill a child can acquire growing up, and instead of telling them in a totalitarian manner what’s not accessible, work with your child on finding the good and bad.

With something like the Mauka-Mauka ad campaign, explain to your child the history behind the campaign; talk about music and creativity; sportsmanship; element of sarcasm and fun. And tell them where to draw the line, so that this banter does not instill thoughts of eternal hatred in their minds! The Social influence is going to be around. Let’s be aware of the good, the bad and the ugly and educate our children accordingly, giving them judgment quality to censor things in their lives themselves.

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