Pushing daughter to participate in sports year-round?
My middle school aged daughter is extremely active on her own (swimming, bike riding, etc.) and she participates in one team sport, lacrosse, through her school. Lately she’s talked about not wanting to pursue other sports opportunities which she was interested in in the past. Should we push her to keep going or should we let her make up her own mind? I don’t want her to regret not participating later and organized sports/activities are great ways to meet other like-minded kids.
This is a hot topic today, not only because of social interaction and involvement in sports for leadership skills, etc. but also for health reasons. The latest research is showing that cross training is the best for the body. This means that playing only one sport through the year is not ideal because it is limited to certain muscle groups in the body. Optimally, a child or adult would play varying sports through the year to use more of the body. This would create the ideal fitness level for a child’s and adult’s body.
Check out this link from WebMD that illustrates this concept!
Hope this helps 🙂
Wow, this is a great question. My wife and I are always debating how much we push our kids to participate in organized sports. My son seems less then interested, while my daughter loves playing all sports. With my son we struggle with this very question.
Good luck. Hope there is someone in the community that has older kids that has gone through this that can shed some light for all of on how to best handle this situation.
I think pushing but not forcing. You should also ask her if it’s the sport or people that she isn’t interested in any more. Middle school can be tough for girls. It might have more to do with relationships. Also, it’s not a terrible thing to regret.