Libbey York’s expectations were low when she enrolled her sons Graham, eight, and Lawson, four, in a children’s yoga class last summer thinking they could meet friends and just try something new. But her children’s responses to the yoga classes truly surprised her. “They couldn’t stop talking about all of their new moves and practicing their poses all around the house!” she says.
Fencing, Mixed Martial Arts and swimming - they are not as mainstream as baseball, basketball and soccer, but they may be a good fit for kids who want to participate in sports but shy away from team-focused activities. Here’s more about the benefits and safety of these diverse sports from three instructors who teach kids the same sports they grew up enjoying themselves.
Playing team sports is an important milestone in many children’s lives. Team sports teach discipline, appropriate behavior in winning and losing, the importance of physical exercise, self-confidence and more. Additionally, parents play an important role in the learning curve because kids take cues from their parents on what’s appropriate behavior and what’s not.
Many sport camps and programs will improve your child’s skill level in a given sport, but not every program will also instil the desire to stay active for life. This is an important distinction, and one parents should bear in mind when selecting a sport program or camp for their child.
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