How to Encourage Your Baby to Sport

Children practicing Taekwondo

Sport is an integral part of the harmonious development of the child. That’s why more and more parents take their children to classes but babies are restless, and the enthusiasm caused by new impressions very quickly fades. Yesterday your child joyfully ran to training and today he is naughty and wants to watch cartoons instead of going to the gym.

Most often, the crisis occurs in the first six months, and sooner or later, the parents face the question of what to do in this situation: to force, scold, punish or, conversely, not to put pressure on the child and give up?

Psychology of motivation

Conscious activity is impossible without motivation and sport is no exception. To motivate yourself and the other person (especially the child) correctly, you need to understand what this phenomenon is and how it works.

Motives make us perform any actions. They can be very different: the desire to get a material thing or to assert oneself, moral duty, interest in the process itself, and so on. Psychologists call motivation a combination of these motives plus any external factors (for example, the influence of another person or living conditions).

The most common motives that motivate a person to play sports are:

  • a desire for physical and moral perfection – sport develops the body, strengthens the body bringing up the character;
  • a desire for self-affirmation – sport makes it possible to become a leader, gain the respect of others, receive praise and recognition, and also be successful with the other sex;
  • social factors – a fashion for a healthy lifestyle, the prestige of sports in the city/ country/world, many friends-athletes, family traditions;
  • striving to satisfy spiritual needs – sport gives new impressions, allows you to feel part of something more, gives more opportunities for communication with peers and authoritative figures.

In general, all these motives are united by the feeling of satisfaction that the athlete experiences.

In sport, motivation is divided into:

  • general – is formed gradually and constantly, long-term goals and motives for sports are laid in the mind;
  • specific – relevant for a single training, competition or training phase.

This must be taken into account and to warm up the child’s interest in both classes in principle and in each individual event.

Suitable sports

No advice on the right motivation will help if you force the child to do what he does not like and does not fit. That is why, first of all, you need to think carefully about what discipline will suit your baby.

Well, if he is already crazy about football or wants to become a swimmer, but if the child himself has no specific wishes, it is worth choosing a sport according to the following criteria:

  • The temperament of the child. Of course, it is not worthwhile to use a child’s personality type as a tough guide to action and consider only sports that are appropriate to his temperament. Nevertheless, the character features of the baby must be considered and considered in those disciplines in which he will be comfortable and in which he will most likely succeed.
  • Physical data. The stories of professional athletes regularly prove that the initial parameters are not a sentence or guarantee of success, but it’s still worth taking into account your child’s physical condition. So, for example, the high and mobile road to basketball and volleyball, fast and agile to football, and light and coordinated to gymnastics or athletics.
  • Targets and goals. There is a fundamental difference between playing sports for the soul and with a reserve on a professional level. In the first case, it is better to choose a section with gentle loads and a convenient location, in the second – look for the most professional trainer and the sport that the child will really “burn”.

Tips for parents

After you decide on the sport, interest the child and take him to the first lesson, a difficult path will begin to educate the athlete. As a rule, children come to the section already with some initial motives. The main task is to preserve and develop them. In training, the coach will do this, the rest of the time, the participation and the correct behavior of the parents are important.

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