Smart Ideas: Parenting Revisited

Advocating Football in Your Child’s Life

Encouraging kids to play football early in their life will earn them health benefits which can be a positive approach to making football as a form of exercise than focusing on possible injuries that may be incurred during the game.

Football’s health benefits to children

It is an undeniable fact that football, just like any other sports game, offers health benefits to the players and when this game is introduced at an early stage to kids, they get as much health benefits, such as the following: it is a fun exercise with lots of physically mobility; kids gain more physical and mental energy, such as they begin to focus more and they gain speed, agility, strength, hand-eye coordination; and they develop cardiovascular endurance.

Making friends from football

Kids will appreciate the importance of developing close relationship with others through football because the camaraderie that is built with each other while playing football regularly make them friends for life. Kids will also improve their social skills with their peers, coaches, and referees, hand-in-hand in building camaraderie and friendship among players.

Importance of discipline in football

Football is a team game and, therefore, players have to learn discipline within them for the team to win, such that constant practice of discipline results into a life habit, that’s why kids who play football will learn the importance of being disciplined in everything they do. These are, among others, what discipline in football can do for kids: it helps the kids to focus on their studies for an important exam or complete their homework, instead of being distracted to video games or use of the Internet and it helps them strive harder to do their best.

Building teamwork in football

Football is made up of two teams competing on each other and each team consists of 11 players and, with this set up, there is a great amount of accountability required for each individual player to perform his specific task in every game and all these prove the importance of teamwork. Being accustomed to work with others is part of teamwork, which kids developed through football and when they possess this kind of skill, this can help them easily relate to others when they have a profession later in the future.

Valuing mental toughness in football

In football, mental toughness is achieved through constant training and discipline of the player in being able to perform according to rules of the game and instructions from the coach and when a player has succeeded in possessing mental toughness, the following characteristics are seen in him and they are: the desire to succeed; commitment to train hard; being prepared mentally, physically; overcome defeat or personal drawback; consistency of play; positive motivation; self-confidence; responsiveness; determination; leadership; resilience; mental, physical, and psychological control.