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Web Connections: The benefits to having your child play sports

Some of the benefits to having your child involved with sports are:

1.  Enhanced Self Esteem: Sports instills patience, persistence and practice in our kids, which carries over into school work, self-esteem and relationships.

2. Conflict Resolution: Sports teaches our kids how to deal with disappointment,competition, frustration, and anger in a respectful manner.

3. Goal Setting: Sports teaches kids to practice and attain a higher skill set through goal setting. These type of skills will help children work towards other achievements in their lives, with the knowledge that attainment is entirely possible.

Mark Merril, President of Family First, created a great blog post called “How To Coach Your Kids”. Mark shares some great points on how to encourage your child to enjoy sports and to keep them motivated.

One particular takeaway stood out: “Never convey the message that your childʼs self- worth is based on their sports performance.” Sports should not define our kids but, rather, compliment and build upon their existing strengths.

Personality type is but one of several factors that influences how well someone likes or performs in a given sport. But there is a connection and it does make a difference, which is why Kidtelligent offers customized “Sports Profiles” based on your childʼs personality. As parents, if we are able to better understand the way our child is “wired”, we can guide them to more successful sports outcomes.Below are two examples of Sports Profiles for the Kidtelligent Celebrator and Kidtelligent Energizer (2 out of 16 total personality types).

Kidtelligent Celebrators thrive when they practice thoroughly in advance and then jump right into the competitive situation, allowing their natural tendencies to take over. Productivity decreases if they become overly mechanistic or analytical in their approach to the game. Sports that benefit from spontaneity are often favorites. Least appealing are individual sports that require repetitive, mechanistic practice.

Because Celebrators can be emotional, they may let a bad game or struggles in mastering a skill bring them down. Thus, they may be tempted to quit a sport. Having a friend on the team or hearing stories of athletes who struggled at first may help Celebrators persevere through the early stages of learning a sport.

Energizers can be found in almost every sport but they favor fast-paced sports that allow for teamwork and plenty of time to interact with others. Early on, their natural enthusiasm, energy and grasp of the game may let them excel at sports. As they mature, however, others usually catch up physically and skills-wise.

A more prepared approach to the game lets Energizers stay competitive. To stay interested, Energizers often need short-term goals and benefit from learning skills, plays and game rules in “chunks.” Energizers can be more interested in sideline conversations than in action on the field, so helping them to focus on one player or activity may be helpful to staying alert during the game.

Find out your childʼs sports profile as well as a wealth of other custom reports including a learning style report and a personality profile. Start with the Insights Survey