Summer and fall are the times for signing up your
kids for activities. There is so much to choose from with such little
time. On another note, have you ever wondered why girls drop out of
sports by the truckload once they reach high school?
The drop out rate is seven times greater than that
of boys. Why this happens is still a mystery. Maybe they feel
over whelmed by the size of the school team, number of girls trying out,
developing bodies, intensity of the competition...who knows?
It often follows that if girl does not play a sport
by the time she turns eight, she may not ever do so. So, what is a
parent to do to motivate them to become active and healthy while gaining
Take your daughter to
a sports event. If it's guys playing, mention
that girls can play the same game and ask if she would like to go
see a game. Then, follow through by taking her to a game.
Monkey see and monkey
do. Play around as much as possible with
your daughter in various sport settings. Go to the pool, kick balls,
hit balls, hiking, skiing, running, biking and/or shoot hoops for
Do not nag. When
trying to get her up and moving, talk about your own experience with
sports. Set your goal on showing her how much fun sports can be.
Always be your child's
number one fan. Regardless of her physical
performance, cheer her on. Think of the all around health benefits
as well as emotional balance she is gaining.
Whatever you do, do not over
schedule your kids and do not force them to play a sport if they do not
want to. There is a big difference in encouraging and