I’m linking up again the DC Trifecta for the Friday Five. Each week, Cynthia, Mar & Courtney come up with a fab theme to get us all spinning our creative wheels. This week it’s “Anything Goes”. There always seems to be a ton of sports talk in our house which got me thinking about some of the important life lessons sports can offer to our kids and all of us. Here a some of my favorites.
5 Life Lessons Sports can teach us all:
1. Practice makes better.
Practicing your given sport-running, biking, soccer, baseball etc. will eventually make you better. Practice doesn’t always mean perfect but it does give you the opportunity to grow and learn everyday.
2. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Throughout our lives, we constantly encounter situations that are new. New schools, new jobs, new relationships we will all face them. The self confidence we can build through trying and succeeding at sports has the potential to help us achieve success in all areas of our lives.
3. You can’t win all the time.
One of the hardest lessons for us all. You may watch your children lose a game they worked so hard at playing or fail an exam they studied so hard at. As an adult, you may not get a job you thought was yours, lose an account or fail at a relationship. Experiencing loss as a child through sports, can teach you that you can’t always win but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. Resilience, perseverance and failure- lessons we must all learn and accept are played out everyday with sports.
4. Be a team player.
Having just witnessed my son’s lacrosse season these past few months, clearly many kids and their parents have a lot to learn about good sportsmanship. Learning to be part of a team, leading by example and demonstrating positive leadership skills are qualities we all want to see our children grow to attain. Demonstrating these skills ourselves in our work and home lives are the way we teach them to value these qualities.
5. Do what you love & have fun doing it
Finding activities you love and doing them routinely teaches your children to value fitness and take care of their bodies. Sports can be a great stress reliever and a huge part of a social life.
What life lessons has sports taught you or your children?