Tag Archives: activeforlife

We love sports and you should too!

19 Oct

Happy Monday Folks,

today we are going to learn a little tidbit from the Mayo Clinic.  If you are a new parent or a frustrated parent because you don’t know how to find the right sport that will interest your child, then the below link is probably going to be very useful in helping you navigate the world of sports and which one peaks your child’s interest most.  As we have said time and time again, sports are so important for children on so many different levels.  Check it out and let us know what you think!  We always love hearing feedback!  Also, parents that have been through this with your own children, feel free to leave constructive comments for others out there trying to figure this out.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/fitness/art-20048027

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Fall Family Fun in Atlanta!

13 Oct

Hi there AtL-iens,

if you are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, you’ve come to the right spot.  Halloween is just around the corner and who needs more than one excuse to dress up during the month of October?  Garb your children in their favorite spooky costume and head over to the Haunted Hall of Fame!  It all starts on the 17th and runs through the 31st.  Check out the link below for more details.

http://www.atlanta.net/events/detail/haunted-hall-of-fame/98762/

Tuesday Morning Funny…

15 Sep

It’s true.  Sometimes you may encounter a fail or two when you’re an active kid, but that’s alright.  We just pick up and go again. 🙂  Hope you all enjoy this video as much as we did.

The 2015 Tennis US Open is almost here! August 31-Sept 13, 2015!

18 Aug

I smell Fall!  While some of us are in the throes of football season rearing its head, others of us are gearing up to watch one of the best Tennis Grand Slams!  That’s right!  The glorious US Open!  I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling during this time of year as Summer draws to a close and the excitement is in the air for Fall sports.  Yes, I am very excited about Football season as well, but the US Open really rattles my cage.  I may be a bit biased around Tennis, however.

I won’t go on any enlightening tangents today, but will provide you all with the official site for the US Open.  Get your tickets while they’re hot!

http://www.usopen.org/index.html

Ace and Vollie play some tennis

Ace and Vollie will be there spreading their magic dust from court to court so that each player can be the best they can be!

Back to the Basics

17 Aug

Ok, so we have touched on several topics over the past couple of weeks.  To re-cap, we discussed that children need to be motivated from within and then we discussed the how’s of that.  Today’s topic of discussion will be….drum-roll……

Why in the world do children even want to play sports?  Parents, this may be a shocker to you, but in many a research study conducted, the word “winning” never occurred.  We live in a world where fierce competition is at the forefront of much of what we do, but for children, this concept may have an entirely different meaning than we, as adults, perceive it.  In a study conducted by the Australian Sports Commission, they found that children typically play a sport to:

1.) Have fun and develop fitness

2.) Make friends

3.) Enjoy competition (notice, ENJOY, being the key word)

4.) Be Challenged

When these needs are not met, children tend to drop the sport.  Not all people are created equally.  We all know this saying, right?  However, somehow, this doesn’t seem to translate over into the children’s world of sports too often.  We are seeing more and more that Coaches and parents alike, are presuming that every child is/should be on the same level as their peers, and if they are not, well then, that’s just too bad.  Children need to be challenged depending on their level of ability, meaning that this may call for more work/creativity from Coaches.  If a more advanced athlete is among an athlete that may not have the same abilities or be able to catch on as quickly, this shouldn’t mean that the Coaches give them responsibilities the same as their peers.  It simply means that maybe the workouts are tailored differently according to the ability of the young athlete.  This does not mean, however, that it slows the training/advancements of another athlete that may be a higher performer, but it does mean that a coach will have to go the extra mile to tend to athletes with different abilities.  Too often children are feeling left out because the advanced athletes are the central focus, causing them to lose interest and quit.

Let’s take another look at an article that emphasizes top reasons why children play sports.

http://activeforlife.com/top-five-reasons-kids-play-sports/

Here, they have seen that most prevalent when children are asked, “why do you want to play a sport?”  the answer is, “to have fun”. So, to close out, let’s get back to the basics folks.  Sports can be a beautifully rewarding thing for your children.  Let’s keep them playing by positive reinforcement and tailored activities for children with different abilities because remember, not all people are created equally. 😉

Happy Monday!

BB