5 Tips For Getting Your Daughter Involved In Sports
Girls benefit from playing sports by learning to work as a team, learning how to work hard at a task, social skills, and more. She may need some encouragement to get outside for a couple hours instead of playing with her video games or her Barbie® all day. We've listed some tips you can use to get her more involved in physical play.
Girls often become interested in sports when they see their mothers and other female role models participating in a sport. You can join an adult baseball or softball league; play basketball or soccer; or even sign up for karate, yoga, or dance. When she sees that you're active, she'll want to be active, too.
Playing a sport is more fun if parents and family are involved and supporting you. Whether it's playing the role of snack parent, coach, or adoring fan, your participation will help her get involved and stay involved. There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids that have opportunities for parent involvement.
No matter what the milestone or achievement, if your daughter is doing a good job, make sure she knows it. By rewarding her with praise when she's learning to do something correctly, she'll grow more confident in her skills. This may help her be less discouraged by hurdles and failure by seeing them as obstacles she can overcome instead of walls in her way.
Women have faced discrimination when wanting to join sports traditionally thought of as male. Prepare your daughter and make sure she knows that some people won't always think she should be playing the sport she wants to play. Tell her that the naysayers shouldn't discourage her to keep doing what she loves. Teach her about all the women who worked hard and didn't back down from challenges.
If you have an athletic past or are an athlete now, make sure to display your achievements. Seeing your trophies, medals, or pictures may encourage her to follow in your footsteps. And it will show that being active is fun!
Sports are a fun way to learn life lessons, make friends, and get exercise. These tips will help your daughter to understand you support her in all her endeavors and help her become confident on and off the field.